Sculptured stone (piece)

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from Rosemarkie, Black Isle, Ross-shire

Postcard of Sculptured stone (piece).
© National Museums Scotland

Sculptured stone (piece)

This piece of a sculptured stone is one of a number of early Christian stones found at Rosemarkie on the Black Isle in Ross-shire, probably the site of an early monastery. The stone was carved between 700 and 900.

The carving shows a wolf or lion-like animal biting a man with short hair and a pointed beard. The legs of another beast are above him, the head of another below and a muzzle of another to the right. The scene probably portrays Daniel in the lion's den.

The eastern Ross-shire area is rich in Pictish carvings, showing a wealthy church able to commission a variety of carvings. Many of the stones blend Pictish symbols with Christian crosses and scenes, in carvings which relate to manuscript and metalwork.

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Online ID: 000-100-043-483-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 127
Date: Between 700 and 900
Material: Sandstone; with man's head between heads of two animals, showing snout of third animal and feet of fourth
Dimensions: 11.00" x 9.00"
What: Slab / portion
Where: Scotland, Ross and Cromarty, Rosemarkie
Description: Portion of a sandstone slab possibly showing Daniel in the lions' den, from Rosemarkie, Ross and Cromarty
  • Allen, J. R. & Anderson, J. The early Christian monuments of Scotland. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1903, vol. 2, pp 86-7. 
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