Found near Dingwall, Scotland, as part of an excavation of an early Christian site in Easter Ross, the 1,200 year-old stone is not typical of other Pictish stones found in the area. The slab is probably a fragment from the massive slab forming the top section of a Pictish stone cross.
John Borland, of Historic Environment Scotland and president of the Pictish Arts Society, said: “The two massive beasts that flank and surmount the cross are quite unlike anything found on any other Pictish stone.
“These two unique creatures serve to remind us that Pictish sculptors had a remarkable capacity for creativity and individuality.
Via the BBC (see links below for images):
Rare 1,200-year-old Pictish stone found near Dingwall
Pictish carved beasts ‘unlike anything found before’