'Meigle 3' Pictish Stone from Meigle, Perth and Kinross, Scotland, 9th century.
A larger image of the 'Meigle 3' Pictish Stone from Meigle, Perth and Kinross, Scotland, 9th century.
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Meigle 3 dates to the 9th century AD. One side has a cross, with a part of a Pictish double-disc symbol to the left, below the arm.
On the other is inscribed a mounted warrior wearing a sword below his cape, the scabbard tipped with a chape.
The warrior is seated on a striped saddle cloth and carries a spear in his right hand.
Meigle 3 is a low gravestone and the warrior may be a portrait of the deceased person.
The stone was cut shorter at least twice in antiquity, its original height may have been 0.6 metres (24 in).
Source: Ritchie, Anna. Picts: An introduction to the life of the Picts and the carved stones in the care of Historic Scotland. Edinburgh, (1993)
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