Head carved from a water worn diorite boulder

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.
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L 300mm, W 200mm, H 210mm
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stone, igneous rock, diorite
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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