Pictish throne goes on display

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A throne built to a design inspired by the ancient Picts has gone on display at Pictavia, the centre for Pictish heritage near Brechin.

The seat was commissioned by distillers The Glenmorangie Company and National Museums Scotland and first went on display in Edinburgh in 2009.

No original Pictish thrones exist, but this replica is intended to give visitors a glimpse of the Early Historic people of Scotland and their society.

Months of painstaking research and craftsmanship went into the creation of the throne, which is based on an image featured on a carved stone at Fowlis Wester in Perthshire. Carved stones such as this provide evidence as to how the Picts lived, as they left no written records.

The throne was commissioned as part of a partnership between The Glenmorangie Company and National Museums Scotland to support the study and understanding of people of Early Historic Scotland.

Alice Blackwell, Glenmorangie Research Officer at National Museums Scotland said: “Thrones were symbols of authority and power, and as such would have been a very important part of Early Historic Scottish society. There are no surviving examples of thrones from early historic Scotland and during the process of recreating this piece we’ve learnt so much about the design, manufacture and use of these thrones. It’s very exciting to see this type of throne brought to life for the first time in over a thousand years.”

The arrival of the Pictish throne co-incides with Pictavia retaining its four star visitor attraction grading from VisitScotland. The centre was once again commended for its high level of customer service, knowledgeable staff, cleanliness and overall visitor experience.

“I’m delighted that Pictavia continues to be a high quality visitor attraction in Angus,” said Councillor Mairi Evans, Angus Council spokesperson on economic development. “The visitor book shows very positive feedback from satisfied customers who come from all over the world. Pictavia gives them the chance to learn more about our ancient tribes through displays of carved stones, interactive exhibits and children’s activities. We are thrilled to have the Pictish throne on loan from National Museums Scotland over the summer, and hope that as many people as possible will take the opportunity to come and see it.”

Visitors can view the Pictish throne at Pictavia until 31 October. Normal entry fees apply. For more information and opening times, visit www.pictavia.org.uk.