Detail of a wooden carving of a female figure

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found at Ballachulish, Inverness-shire

Postcard of Detail of a wooden carving of a female figure.
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Detail of a wooden carving of a female figure

This wooden carving of a female figure, probably a goddess, was found buried in a peat bog at Ballachulish in Inverness-shire. The figure was carved between 730 and 520 BC. This detail shows the figure's left hand.

Figure of a female in oak, the oldest human figure from Scotland, from Ballachulish, 725 - 500 BC

When found, the carving on the Ballachulish figure was crisp and sharp, suggesting that it had not lain for long on the surface of the bog. It was probably deliberately buried as part of a ritual.

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Online ID: 000-190-001-101-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KL 54
Date: Between 730 and 520 BC
Late Bronze Age, 725 - 500 BC
Material: Wood, oak, with quartzite pebbles for eyes
Dimensions: 1390 mm H x 145 mm L x 190 mm W
What: Carving / figure / female
Subject: Carved woodwork, painted ceilings (NMAS Classification)
Where: Inverness-shire, Nether Lochaber, Ballachulish
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