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Maiden Stones

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Maiden Stone, a Class II Pictish cross slab in the Garioch in central Aberdeenshire.

On the Pictish 'pagan' side, the stone is divided, storytelling-fashion, into four panels, each featuring a different picture;

a hunting scene?
a hunting scene?

ceremonial arch or altar
ceremonial arch or altar

a pale stilted rendition of the dolphin
a pale stilted rendition of the dolphin a water creature sacred to the Picts, decorates the third panel, but compare it with a lifelike Class I dolphin at Clatt
the mirror and comb
Lowest panel on the Maiden stone is the mirror and comb on 'pagan' side (facing east). Its symbolism is seen frequently in earlier Pictish art.©1999MCNagahiro

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Maiden Stone Christian side
Maiden Stone Christian side
situated on the slopes of sacred Mother mountain, Bennachie, the Maiden stone shows on its Christian side a large decorated wheel cross with interlace pattern below and remnant of the Pictish belief system above in portrayal of two 'fish-monsters' whispering in the ear of a cleric, linking perhaps the old religion with the new ©MCNagahiro photo.


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