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Pictish parallels for Gotland’s picture stones?

Citation
Foster S (2012) Pictish parallels for Gotland’s picture stones?. In: Karnell M (ed.) Gotland's Picture Stones: Bearers of an Enigmatic Legacy. Reports from the Friends of the Historical Museum Association, 84. Visby, Sweden: Fornsalen Publishing, Gotlands Museum, pp. 171-182. http://shop.textalk.se/en/article.php?id=18478&art=14310497

Abstract
In 1993, Anders Andrén observed that the best parallels for the unique Gotlandic picture stones are to be found in Scotland's Pictish symbol stones: ‘In these contemporary monuments it is possible to trace equivalent changes in function (from gravestones to memorials) and images (from abstract signs via realistic pictures to Christian symbols)'. This paper introduces the Picts of northern and eastern Scotland (AD 300-900) and their sculpture. It reviews the question of possible parallels, reflecting on how we might learn from study of each other's monuments. With reference to recent case studies, the focus is on current knowledge, the latest ideas and new discoveries. As we learn more the parallels perhaps become less neat, but the material clearly invites parallel thinking.

Keywords
Picts; early medieval sculpture; Gotland Picture Stones

StatusPublished
Author(s)Foster, Sally
Title of seriesReports from the Friends of the Historical Museum Association
Number in series84
Publication date31/12/2012
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/21162
PublisherFornsalen Publishing, Gotlands Museum
Publisher URLhttp://shop.textalk.se/en/article.php?id=18478&art=14310497
Place of publicationVisby, Sweden
ISBN9789188036865

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