Aberlemno III

Forfar, Angus
Pictish Symbol Stone Class II

The Cross Side

The cross side of the stone has, at the base, four indistinct creatures (or creatures and people). Elizabeth Sutherland suggests that these are the symbols of the four Gospel writers as they appear in The Book of Kells.

Higher up, just below the arms of the cross, are two mourning angels holding books.

The Symbol Side

The symbol side of the stone has, at the top, the crescent-and-V-rod and double-disc-and-Z-rod symbols.

At the bottom-left of the stone is an image of a centaur.

At the bottom-right is the biblical David grasping the jaws of a lion. Beside him are a harp and a sheep, symbolising his musicianship and origins as a shepherd.

The rest of this side is taken up with a hunting scene including: three stags; four horsemen; two men on foot blowing horns; three hounds. At the left a man on foot is facing the opposite direction (possibly David again with a square shield symbolising his attributes as a warrior), and in the centre of the scene is a smaller creature--a dog perhaps?

See also: Aberlemno I, Aberlemno II and Aberlemno V.

Nearby Sites:

Aberlemno I

Pictish Symbol Stone Class I.

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Aberlemno V

Pictish Symbol Stone Class I.

Less than 1km away.

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Aberlemno II

Pictish Symbol Stone Class II.

Less than 1km away.

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Woodrae Pictish Slab

Pictish Symbol Stone Class II.

Less than 1km away.

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