Carving Detail, Pictish Carved Stone

Carving Detail, Pictish Carved Stone, Meigle

 This evening, I am reverting to a Pictish theme and in particular the collection of 33 carved stones at Meigle in Perthshire, Central Scotland.

The Picts were one of the earliest peoples of Scotland living to the north of Forth and Clyde estuaries. They were first recorded by the Romans in AD 297  as Picti or ‘Painted People’. Our knowledge of the Picts is scant because they appear not to have used a written language but they have left a stunning legacy in the form of carved stone monuments a feature of which is the high level of artistic skills which have produced a combination of distinctive abstract symbols ( known variously today as crescent and V-rod, double disc and Z-rod) with more recognisable carved images representing animals, fish and birds. The earliest stones date from around the 6th century AD with Christian iconography becoming prominent from the 8th and 9th centuries.

Presumably, Meigle must have been an important power base and/or religious centre for the Picts due to te high concentration of carved stones found there, all of which were found in the churchyard or fabric of the church.

Here is a rare carving of a cat. The county of Caithness is derived from the feline.

Feline Carving at Meigle Carved Stones

Feline Carving at Meigle Carved Stones, Scotland

 Impressive carved Christian cross.

Pictish Carved Stone, Meigle

Pictish Carved Stone, Meigle, Scotland

 Early Christian era cross.

Pictish Carved Stone, Meigle

Pictish Carved Stone, Meigle, Scotland

 

Pictish Carved Stone, Meigle

Pictish Carved Stone, Meigle, Scotland

 Z-rod and disk symbols.

Pictish Carved Stone, Meigle

Pictish Carved Stone, Meigle, Scotland

 

I find the Picts to be a fascinating people and endeavour to introduce tour guests to suitable sites in order to ‘connect’ with this distant era in Scotland’s past.

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