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The Iron Age

Ritual

Head carved from a water worn diorite boulder

Period:
Iron Age
Description:

The symbol of the severed human head is a representative of the pagan Celtic religion as the cross is of Christianity. The Celts believed that to keep the heads of their enemies showed their strength in warfare. The symbol of the human head was believed to protect the fortress or home, ensuring good luck and success. Originally from the collection of Major Myrseth, this head was found in the Dunscore area.

Materials/Media:
stone, igneous rock, diorite
Dimensions:
L 300mm, W 200mm, H 210mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1971.50
Digital Number:
DMST012n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council