Rosemarkie Stone

2005.h72 Pictish Sculpture at Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie, Scotland – Theories about the meaning of the Pictish symbols have to take its unique evidence into account. Amidst the elaborate design (the slab is completely decorated) is a equal armed cross which takes the place of a typical Pictish hunting scene. It seems this particular Pictish monument was produced in a primarily ecclesiastical context and that the imagery of the hunt had no place in its function. The slender arms of the cross have stepped terminals and it’s set in a deep border. The background has finely meshed interlace catching the arms of the cross, but worked clear of the stud-like boss placed in each corner of the panel. There are two crescents still visible – a third one at the top is gone.  Beneath the top visible crescent is an infinity symbol which has a reverse Z-rod in the center.   The knobby flat discs within the infinity symbol contrasts with the all-over key-pattern of the bottom crescent.

These clever idiosyncrasies show that the Rosemarkie sculptor was a master of his art. 


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