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The Questionable History Of The Pictish Axe

 

 

We recently had a customer that wanted to know a bit about the history of the Pictish Axe prior to making her purchase (she was buying the matching pendant to these earrings).  I have never actually looked at this ancient tool in much detail before and it made quite interesting reading. 

As well as being used for every day practical duties, the pictish axe also has a bit of a gruesome history as it was also used to behead enemies...... but you have to admit they really make lovely earrings! 

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Traveling Savage Was On The Pictish Trail

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While browsing on Twitter a fascinating link came up to the following article: The Pictish Trail In Easter Ross. The blog is full of amazing travel stories and is well worth a read but this article in particular really stood out for me. 

Many of you will know that the Tain Silver designs have been heavily influenced by our Pictish Past and this article includes details and pictures of some of our closest pictish attractions. 

Inspiration for our two new product designs that came out last month: the Nigg Stone Cufflinks and the Cadboll Cuff links was taken from the exact standing stones mentioned in this article. 

 

Hand Crafted Cadboll Cuff Links

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Hand Crafted Nigg Stone Cufflinks

 
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Striking Image of Stones on the Isle of Skye

We came across this lovely image on the facebook page of www.landscapes365.com and we thought that you might appreciate it. The stone stands out against the starry sky behind it and it just makes you want to visit that site. 
Many of our Tain Silver products are inspired by standing stones and pictish and celtic heritage and when you look at this image you can see why. 

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We came across this lovely image on the facebook page of www.landscapes365.com and we thought that you might appreciate it. The stone stands out against the starry sky behind it and it just makes you want to visit that site. 

 

It looks like this image has been taken in an ancient graveyard in Skye and the detail on the stones are amazing. When you look at this image, it is no wonder that so many celtic products today have been inspired by designs carved into stone over the years. 

 

It would be lovely to visit this site to see the designs on all the other stones, not to mention that lovely backdrop. In our opinion the Isle of Skye is one of Scotland's most picturesque places. 

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Hilton Of Cadboll Stone Inspires Scottish Silver

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We are very lucky to live so close to the Hilton of Cadboll Stone which is an excellent example of a Class II Pictish Stone.  As the name suggests the stone can be found at Hilton of Cadboll which is on the Tarbat Peninsula in Easter Ross in the Scottish Highlands.

Many people class this as one of the most magnificent of all of the Pictish Cross-Slabs.  If you are seaward facing you can see the Christian Cross and then on the landward facing side of the stone are secular depictions. Above the latter you can see Pictish symbols of Crescent and V-rod and double disc andZ-rod, as well as a hunting scene which includes a lady wearing a large Penannular Brooch and she is riding side saddle.   The Hilton Of Cadboll stone is dated between the 6th and 9th Centuries.

Tain Silver designs have been inspired by various Pictish Standing Stones including this excellent example.  Can you guess which of our products have been directly inspired by the Cadboll stone? 

 

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