Sculptured stone

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from Kintore, Aberdeenshire

Postcard of Sculptured stone.
© National Museums Scotland

Sculptured stone

This stone carved with Pictish symbols was found in a mound known as Castle Hill near the church at Kintore in Aberdeenshire. It dates from between 500 and 800. Two other symbol stones were found nearby.

This side of the stone is decorated with the so-called Pictish beast on top and the double disc and Z-rod symbol on the bottom. The stone is broken at one corner and cracked across the middle.

Monumental stones and some silver jewellery were decorated by the Picts with a range of unusual symbols, some of everyday objects and others more abstract. Many theories have been proposed to explain their meanings which nevertheless remain obscure.

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Online ID: 000-100-043-442-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 22
Date: Between 500 and 800
Material: Granite, red; large; with symbols on both sides
Dimensions: 1820 mm H x 290 mm L x 890 mm W
What: Slab
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Kintore, Castle Hill
Description: Large Pictish slab of red granite with symbols on both sides, from Kintore
  • Allen, J. R. & Anderson, J. The early Christian monuments of Scotland. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1903, vol. 2, pp 171-3. 
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