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Rhynie Description of stone

Event ID 1022138

Category Descriptive Accounts



Rhynie 5, Aberdeenshire, Pictish symbol stone

Measurements: H 1.63m (ECMS), W 0.76m, D 0.23m

Stone type: whinstone

Place of discovery: NJ 4992 2649

Present location: in a wooden shelter in the kirkyard car-park.

Evidence for discovery: found re-used in the foundations of the old church during demolition in 1878.

Present condition: weathered and top right-hand corner is damaged.


One broad face of this slab bears three incised symbols: the beast’s head and the double disc and Z-rod above a mirror and comb. The surviving terminal of the z-rod is simplified, the mirror has a double-disc shaped handle and the comb is single-sided.

Date: seventh century.

References: ECMS pt 3, 183-4, no 5; Fraser 2008, no 43.5.

Desk-based information compiled by A Ritchie 2017

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