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The Art of the Picts by George Henderson & Isabel Henderson

by: Watkins Books




The Picts, who occupied north-eastern Scotland between the sixth and ninth centuries, are perhaps the least well-known of the Celtic peoples. The only real traces of their society are a large series of stone cross slabs, and some silverwork, all engraved with symbols which nobody has ever properly deciphered (despite many attempts). This book locates this work within the 'Insular' style - seen throughout the British Isles at this time and marvellously expressed in such works as the Book of Kells.

Not only is it the most comprehensive survey of Pictish art in recent memory, it is the first scholarly book to address the art-historical aspects of work formerly only treated by archaeologists.