Pictish Beasts

I’ve been busy this evening researching Pictish symbols for the next picture book:



My favourite so far is the ‘beast’:


Is it a dolphin? An elephant? Some kind of spirit or mythological creature? Nobody knows, and obviously nobody ever really will for sure. This symbol appears on over 50 stones found throughout Pictland, making it the most common of the animal symbols – and yet experts say it bears no resemblance to any known animal.

I however, beg to differ with the experts:


Uncanny, right? More pictishness to come soon!


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