The mystery is solved
This beautiful art work is a hard fired terracotta maquette, which, although not ancient, does have a link with the Abbey having being crafted in Arbroath by an artist in 1967. The Courier was contacted by Tom Walker who is now living with his wife Ruth in Spain. Tom used to have a studio overlooking Arbroath Harbour and crafted the maquette in the winter of 1966/7. This is an enlarged detail of a smaller maquette which he designed as an art college project. It was an idea for concealing the wall of the graveyard at Arbroath Abbey revealed when the houses that stood by the West Gate of the Abbey were demolished. It is made of hard fired terracotta and any metal in it was added for support and reinforcement.