Sunday, 9 June 2013

St Andrews – More Pictish stuff

Following on from the last post, here's another picture-heavy post. I'll finish off the Pictish stuff here and then I'll carry on with some more posts with pictures of the cathedral, castle and town etc. I'll start with a few more from the sarcophagus, close-ups of the animals from the hunting scene:

And a wingéd beast, situated to the left of David:

Then we have some other sculptures, with a window in the background causing problems for these two high cross shafts. These ones are a bit later than the sarcophagus, probably sculpted after the Picts were conquered by the Dal Riadans:

And here are some details close-up. We'll start with the funky hair (or possibly helmets?):

I'm really not sure what's going on here, but it's probably best not to ask. The next one's pretty much the same in that respect:

The interlacing here is really fine:

Both of these bits of stonework were re-purposed for use in the cathedral that was built in 1160. They were rediscovered in the nineteenth century.

There were lots of crosses on display, but most of them are only fragments now. This is a relatively late but more complete example:

Smaller, earlier, and simpler:

I'll just add a few more pictures now, because these are getting into the "post-interesting" period, as one of the speakers from the conference referred to the post-Pictish time periods. But I wanted to put this one in so I could say that they just don't make hats like they used to:

And finally, I was surprised to find a Manx triskele:

Even though we're way over on the east coast here, the cathedral at St Andrews was extremely important and influential in its heyday. The triskele here was apparently a part of the cathedral nave after it had to be rebuilt after a fire in 1378. It suggests the Earl of Moray of the time (who had control of Man) was a major benefactor of the rebuilding work.


Kathryn Price NicDhàna said...
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Kathryn Price NicDhàna said...

The amazing detail on these is quite refreshing, and gives us an idea of what the outdoors, weathered stones must have looked like before all that weathering.

Which Earl of Moray? Seems I'm descended from some of that lot (if we're in the right time period), who had titles like "Lady of the Isles" and "Queen of the Isle of Man." Who knew...

As for the "no comment" activity... yeah, I didn't know we had stones depicting that stuff. Though the "beard pullers" in the manuscripts seem to imply the same sort of thing.

If the odd helmets are helmets, I'm wondering if they could have had a boar's ridge or roach-type deal along the top. Or... if they could have done the combo side tonsure and center spike for the same effect in a hairstyle.

Seren said...

It looks like it would be the fourth Earl of Moray but it's a bit of a complicated question because the title has been created several times over and sometimes the count starts from the beginning. So it's the fourth Earl of the second creation, not to be confused with the fourth earl of the fifth creation of the title. So that would be John Dunbar. The later creations of the title passes into the Stewart family.

Seren said...

There's a conference over in Edinburgh later this year on sex and sexuality, there's a FB page:

Beard pulling and pervy stuff agogo.