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On the slopes of the sacred Mother mountain, Bennachie, stands the 3.2m tall Class II Pictish Symbol Stone - the MaidenStone.


The Maiden Stone is carved on five faces and appears to pay homage to the old Pictish earth religion and the incoming Christian symbolism.


The East face has four panels. The top panel shows a number of beasts, including a centaur type creature. The next panel shows a decorated arch with a Z Rod. Below that is a fine example of a Pictish beast. The bottom panel depicts a mirror and comb.


The bottom right corner is cut away and this face is carved with interlaced knotwork.


The West face is badly weathered but you can still faintly see the three main panels. The top one shows a man between two sea-monsters. The large middle panel shows a ringed cross, however the decorations have been removed at some point. The lower panel shows a Pictish roundel carved with intricate knotwork. In the middle of the roundel are two double spirals and four triple spirals.


The North and South faces are intricately carved with knotwork.


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Taken on December 26, 2004