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PortmahomackMonastery of the Picts$
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Martin Carver

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624416

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624416.001.0001

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Carvers and thinkers

Carvers and thinkers

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(p.94) Chapter 5 Carvers and thinkers
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Portmahomack
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Martin Carver

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624416.003.0005

This chapter is all about Pictish sculpture, one of the unsung glories of early Europe. The Picts were expert fashioners of stone and masters of line in both incised and relief carving. They had their own distinctive symbolic written language, consisting of rods, discs, crescents and animal shapes. Here we explore the form of the original monuments found broken into pieces at Portmahomack, their ornament and where they originally stood.

Keywords:   Picts, sculpture, symbols

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