Ardross Wolf

Contributed by Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

The Ardross Wolf c The Highland Council, Museum and Art Gallery

The Picts lived in North East Scotland and are famous for their intriguing art workThis is one of the most interesting and beautiful objects in the collections at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Made in the 6th or 7th century, the craftmanship is superb, a narrow line, expertly carved with a cleanly cut v-shaped profile. It shows a magnificent wolf which looks like it's about to leap off the stone at any moment. The Pictish wolf stone was found in 1890 in a field dyke near to Ardross in Ross-shire. The Picts lived in the north and east of Scotland, they were only called Picts after a Roman historian gave them this name. They are known for their distinctive art work on stones and metalwork and later in manuscripts. Some of the symbols they used depict known things, while others are more mysterious geometric shapes, with distinctive curves. These stones are now thought to be associated with the territory of a family or clan.

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