Mané Rutual symbol
This symbol was named after the Mané Rutual (also known as Mané Rutuel or Mané Rethuel) chambered cairn where is was first found. It is also called 'Mane Rutual axe' or 'plough axe'.
The symbol is found in a number of megalithic cairns. Although there is believe that some (if not all) carvings are on re-utilised stelae.
|Mané Rutual||Orthostat of Mané Rutual cairn|
|Mané Rutual||capstone of Mané Rutual cairn (after Twohig)|
|Penhape||Orthostat from Penhape chambered cairn, Ile aux Moines (after Minot)|
|Gavrinis||capstone of Gavrinis chambered cairn is the middle piece of a stele fitting onto the capstone of the Table des Marchands. The carvings on the upper side and not visible in the chamber.|
|Kercado||capstone of Kercado chambered cairn|
The symbol has been interpreted as a special type of axe that might be used as a kind of plough (Le Rouzic).
More recently Cassen [Cassen04] associated the symbol with a spouting whale. Cassen also includes the symbol on the back of the Mané Lud cairn in his considerations, which forms the least abstract form of the symbol.
Cassen's interpretation of a spouting whale (from [Cassen04])
- [Cassen04] Serge Cassen, 'Pigeon-raven, snake and sperm whale, magical objects and domestic horned. The division of the world during the early Neolithic of western France', Proc. of the 11th Neolithic Seminar, 2004, pdf