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General view of Pictish cross-slab carving re-used as stair lintel, Lethendy Tower.

SC 449889

Description General view of Pictish cross-slab carving re-used as stair lintel, Lethendy Tower.

Catalogue Number SC 449889

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of PT 2384

Scope and Content Detail of Pictish cross-slab reused as stair lintel, Lethendy Tower, Perthshire This is a detail of a 10th-century Pictish cross-slab which has been reused as a stair lintel. It is approximately 0.31m square and carved from greyish stone. It depicts two musicians facing each other, a dog and an unidentified rectangular object. Both musicians wear tunics with waistbands and the one on the left appears to have a hemmed sleeve which ends at the elbow. He is playing a harp with seven strings and a soundbox, and the other plays a triple pipe similar to the 'launeddas' of Sardinia. The figures represent David and his musicians. The Picts used Biblical imagery on many of their cross-slabs and David is widely represented in Pictish sculptures. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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