Pictish figure, looking like he’s lifting weights with his wee feeble arms. Around the beginning of the first millenium, maybe earlier? Taken in the National Museum of Scotland.
The Picts are fascinating, in that we know so little about them. They left little written record- but for their kings, a long line - and no one knows what their language sounded like, nor what they looked like, since they only made human images rarely, and often very stylised like this. They left us their arrowheads and their carvings, and their beautiful gold and silver jewelry, whispers of fairies in the tales - fairies in Scotland being large, human sized figures, and thought to have taken inspiration from these tribes as the drew back from the invaders into the hills, rarely to be sighted there.
It is unlikely the Picts (the painted people) died out altogether. Likely they merged with the Scots (who came from Ireland), the vikings (settlers and raiders alike adding to the genepool) the Britons (who lived in the lowlands of Scotland) and those odd individual settlers who drifted from continental Europe and beyond.
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