Final lecture for Pictish society

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THE FINAL lecture in the 2012/2013 season of the Pictish Arts Society will be given at Pictavia, near Brechin, by Dr Martin Goldberg on Friday, March 15. The title will be: Pictish adventus.

Adventus ceremonies, inherited from the Roman imperial past, structured the reception of bishops, nobles, kings and even saints’ relics throughout medieval Europe.

The relationship between lordship and subject communities could be defined by these important moments of arrival.

Distinctive forms of adventus imagery can be recognised on some Pictish cross-slabs and suggest an adventus inspiration for the rider and hunt imagery, which is one of the most common forms of figurative art on Christian sculpture in Pictland.

The social and ideological implications that result from the identification of Pictish adventus iconography give rise to several new theories about the role of these monuments – not just the circumstances that lead to the creation of these Pictish cross-slabs, but also the ceremonies and liturgical performances that continued to surround them.

Martin Goldberg is the Curator of the Early Historic and Viking collections for National Museums Scotland. He works on the Glenmorangie Research project which is exploring new approaches to the archaeology and particularly the material culture of Early Medieval Scotland.

The first results of the project have recently been published in Early Medieval Scotland: Individuals, Communities and Ideas of which Martin is a co-author.

Doors open at Pictavia at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available before and after the talk. The talk is free to members and £2.50 to non-members.

For information on the Pictish Arts Society visit www.thepictishartssociety.org.uk