Pict Ancestor Skull Front Picture

The frontal view of my woad painted Pictish ancestral skull.
This is an anatomically correct and lifesize head cast in resin. I hand painted and dressed him with both traditional Pictish and modern Pagan designs. These include swirling triskeles, a serpent, a stag, a warrior's weapons, a shamanic hunter being, the God symbol which holds both a pentacle and the moon in its crescent and full forms, and stars. I blended genuine woad powder in with the blue acrylics just prior to application. The skull sports a mohawk that is crafted from genuine buffalo hide. The hair has raven and blue cock feathers, beads, and a copper shield amulet tied to it.
The Picts 'earrings' are affixed to his jaw bones: a bonelike resin raven on one side, blue and brown wooden beads on the other.

The Picts are most likely descendants of the original megalithic builders of the British Isles, a pre Celtic society, which may or may not be Indo-European in origin depending on the scholar. They were adept stone masons, fierce warriors, visionary artists, and matrilineal. Previous to the Roman invasion of Britain, the Picts were a collection of independent tribes througout eastern and northern Scotland. After successfully defending their lands from the mediterranean invadors they developed into a powerful nation. Eventually, through both Celtic cultural assimilation and repeated attacks by Vikings, the Picts faded as a seperate independent people. The Celts often mythologized them as wee fairy folk or dangerous semi wild woodsmen, as the Celts were themselves later treated by English fables. However, the Picts left their mark. Genetically, they blended in with the Scots and although their distinct language and writing has been lost, they have left behind many place names and folk traditions. Much of the Insular Celtic art is in fact, Pictish in origin as are many of the stone circles and cairns. Today in Scotland, many consider the Picts to be the 'ancestors'.
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