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The Wolf of Ardross

By Anne Dunsmore

A grey stone slab is anchored against a pale orange background. The stone has an elaborate carving of a wolf carved into its surface. The Ardross 'Wolf Stone', Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
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The Wolf of Ardross is a Pictish symbol carved in sandstone in the 6th or 7th century. It was found in 1890 during repairs to a farmhouse garden wall at Stittenham, on the Ardross (Scottish Gaelic: Àird Rois) Estate. It is thought to have originally been part of a larger stone as the carved head of a deer was also found in the same wall. The design is highly regarded for the way the artist captured movement in the wolf in so few lines. It is very much in the Pictish style. The stone is on permanent display in the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.

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