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Picture source: Ancient Scotland
This sandstone cross slab was found in the churchyard at Scoonie in Fife. It was probably carved in the 8th century. It shows a fusion of native and Christian elements, with both secular and religious scenes depicted.
This side has the so-called Pictish beast symbol at the top. Below is a hunting scene, with the hunters on horseback and with a dog pursuing a stag. To the right is an ogham inscription 'EDDARRNONN', the meaning of which is unclear.
In the early Historic period three alphabets were current: Latin, brought by the Christian church; ogham, originally developed by the Irish and used by both Scots and Picts; and runes brought by the Scandinavians. Most people, however, were illiterate.
Museum reference: X.IB 110
Description: Stone showing hunters on horseback, hounds, deer, the so-called Elephant symbol and Ogham inscription, from Scoonie, Fife.
Date: 8th century
Style / Culture: Pictish
Dimensions: 1500 mm H x 120 mm L x 760 mm W
Collection place: Scoonie, Fife, Scotland, Europe
Source: National Museums Scotland