This pendant has been sand cast in recycled sterling silver from a hand sculpted model and heavily worked by hand. This is not a mass produced pendant and lot of love has went into this beautiful Pictish pendant which I hope is faithful to the original stone carving, and a fitting tribute to the beautiful village of Rhynie which we visit often.
The pendant can also be made into a brooch. Made to order. Sterling silver chains are available separately in the Miscellaneous Jewellery section.
When a farmer ploughing an Aberdeenshire field in 1978 uncovered a six-foot high Pictish stone carved with a distinctive figure carrying an axe, it quickly earned the name the 'Rhynie Man', coined from the village in which it was found.
Believed to date from the fifth or sixth century, the Rhynie Man carries an axe upon his shoulder, has a large pointed nose and wears a headdress
“The Rhynie Man carries an axe of a form that has been linked to animal sacrifice and we hope to discover more evidence that might support the theory that he was created as part of ceremonies and rituals for high-status events, perhaps even those for early Pictish royal lineages."
(credit to the University of Aberdeen)