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Le Jour ni l'Heure : Aberlemno II, pierre sculptée picte (VIIIe s. ?), détail de la croix, cimetière d'Aberlemno, Angus, vendredi 15 août 2008, 15:10:27 | by Renaud Camus
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Le Jour ni l'Heure : Aberlemno II, pierre sculptée picte (VIIIe s. ?), détail de la croix, cimetière d'Aberlemno, Angus, vendredi 15 août 2008, 15:10:27

Aberlemno 2 is one of the most beautiful Class II Pictish stones. The hole drilled through it is a later "enhancement". Note that the apparant shape of the stone in the photographs--a wide base and tapering towards the top--is the actual shape of the stone and not the result of a low camera angle nor a wide-angle lens!

 

The Cross Side

The cross itself is very precisely decorated with complex and neat interlacing at top and (especially) bottom, angular key-patterns on the arms and spiral designs in the centre.

 

Interlaced animals decorate the slab to either side of the cross and there is a perfectly executed triquetra knot above the tails of the fish-tailed horses to the bottom-right.

 

Scottish folklore has stories of the kelpie or eich uisge (a water-horse) and tarve uisge (a water bull). It has been suggested that the "Pictish beast", one of the most common symbols on Class I stones, is a representation of this mythical creature. In which case these intertwined creatures would seem to be a more sophisticated sculpture of the Pictish beast.

 

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Taken on August 15, 2008