MHG8162 - Symbol stones, Wolf & Deer, Stittenham (Ardross 1 & Ardross 2)
Stylised 'wolf' and 'beast' symbol stones, found built into an old wall. Now in Inverness Museum.
Type and Period (1)
- INSCRIBED STONE (Pictish to Early Medieval - 300 AD to 1057 AD)
- None recorded
NH67SE 12 centred 650 743.
2 sandstone fragments, bearing incised representations of a deer and wolf in Pictish style, were found 'built into an old wall at Stittenham' before 1891. Often known as the Ardross 'wolf' and 'horse', they are preserved in Inverness Museum (INVMG 00.208-9).
J R Allen and J Anderson 1903; RCAHMS 1979; 1985. <1>-<3>
In Inverness Museum - NH64NE 138.1
Two class I symbol stones showing:
Ardross 1 : a wolf
Ardross 2 : a deer's head <4>
On display at Inverness Museum. Included in a catalogue of the Pictish Symbol Stones at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, original version 1994, updated 2010. The wolfstone is described as one of the most famous incised stones, the artist capturing the graceful movement of the animal with relatively few incised lines. The style of the carving in the neck area of the Ardross 'beast' stone suggests that this stone may have been created by the artist responsible for the wolf stone. The geological similarity of the two stones and the position of the carving suggest that they may have been on a single stone. <5> <6>
- --- Image/Photograph(s): P.S.S., Ardross, E.Ross.. Colour Slide; Digital Image. .
- --- Text/Publication/Volume: Jackson, A. 1984. The symbol stones of Scotland: a social anthropological resolution to the problem of the Picts.
- --- Image/Photograph(s): Ardross, Pictish stone, line drawing. Digital Image. .
- <1> Text/Publication/Volume: Allen and Anderson, J R and J. 1903. The early Christian monuments of Scotland: a classified illustrated descriptive list of the monuments with an analysis of their symbolism and ornamentation. pt. 3, 55-6.
- <2> Text/Report: RCAHMS. 1979. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of Easter Ross, Ross and Cromarty District, Highland Region. . 28, No. 237.
- <3> Text/Publication/Volume: Ritchie, J N G. 1985. Pictish symbol stones: a handlist 1985. 12.
- <4> Text/Publication/Volume: Mack, A. 1997. Field guide to the Pictish symbol stones. 109.
- <5> Collection/Catalogue: Hanley, R G. 1994. A catalogue of the Class I Pictish symbol stones in the collections of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. 5-6.
- <6> Text/Publication/Booklet: Inverness Museum. 2010. A Catalogue of the Pictish Symbol Stones at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery. Paper (Copy).
|Grid reference||Centred NH 6500 7429 (6m by 6m) (Buffered by site type)|
|Geographical Area||ROSS AND CROMARTY|
- ARM GUARD (Undated)
- SYMBOL STONE (Undated)
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External Links (1)
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/13738 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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