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An odd poster

Object number: ROMGH.1998.26

Type: Poster

Material: Conte crayon, Paper

Width: 53.5cm | Height: 84cm

Production date: 1920 - 1968

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This poster has a series of very enigmatic drawings by Bain. It is not clear where he got his idea of what the inscription on the inscribed Pictish stone from Newton House in Aberdeenshire is. He was perhaps finding what he wanted to see. It certainly does not agree with modern readings. Today the words he picks out as …CHRISTIS IE SUSSI LOGOU… are read as UREALISI MAQQI NOVIOGRUTA.

There are also sketches of two Christian references from the classical world, from Egyptian and Roman contexts.The example of the Roman mosaic floor from Hinton St. Mary in Dorset includes the head of Constantine I. Bain sees it as that of Christ, as there is a chi-rho symbol (XPI) behind the head.

Author: Alastair Morton

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