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The Medieval Period (1100AD - 1499AD)

The Medieval Church

Sandstone head

Period:
Early Medieval
Description:
The symbol of the severed head is as representative of the Celtic religion as the cross is of Christianity. The Celts, like many primitive peoples, believed that to gain possession of the head of an enemy implied military prowess. At the same time, the human head was believed to protect the fortress or home, ensuring good luck and success.
Materials/Media:
sandstone
Dimensions:
H 230mm, W 150mm, D 160mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1986.35
Digital Number:
DMST009a, DMST009b
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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