Whilst on the way to visit Glamis Castle in Scotland last year, we took the chance to stop off at Eassie Old Church which is about 2 miles away. There was a specific reason for doing so as it is the site of a Pictish Stone
The Eassie Cross Slab stands 2.02m high by 1.01m wide. It was found in the burn that flows past the churchyard in about 1850. Today it stands within the east end of the shell of the Old Parish Church, displayed within a transparent shelter which protects the stone from the weather. The front of the cross slab is largely covered by a very finely carved and detailed cross.
It is thought to have been carved in 700s or 800s.
The interior of the cross is filled with intricate interlaced patterns. In the four corners are a four-winged angel, mirrored in the opposite corner though this one is extensively damaged. At the bottom left is a hunter wearing a cloak and carrying a shield and a spear and opposite are a series of animals including a stag and a hound.
The rear side is more eroded and damaged, but several carvings can still be identified.
At the top left is a mythical beast ‘elephant’ and two disks along with a Z-rod. Both of these are Pictish symbols. Below this are three men in cloaks, knee-length tunics and carrying staffs. And below the men are three cows, one of which appears to be wearing a cow bell. Top right is another Pict wearing a tunic and carrying a staff or spear next to a potted tree. The bottom right is badly damaged but could contain a horseshoe in the centre.
65 thoughts on “Eassie Old Church: Pictish Stone”
It’s absolutely gorgeous and must have taken ages to carve!
I didn’t even realise there were such things as Pictish Stones! There is quite a trail in Angus if you like that sort of thing.
I do. I’ll put it on the ever-growing Bucket List 😁
This could almost get me to Scotland Jude, I find ancient symbolism fascinating.
Scotland is fabulous Gilly, I thoroughly recommend at least one visit 🙂
A wonderful find. For something made in the 9th century or earlier, it survives remarkably well. So much history to appreciate.
I really appreciate your detailed description and depiction, Jude. Fascinating site worth visiting.
There are other Pictish stones in the area, it would be good to see more.
My mind boggles at the age of that stone and the fact that the carvings can still be deciphered and I had to chuckle at you and Jo having a real chit chat via the comments. Felt like butting in….
Butt in all you like PP, the more the merrier 🙂
That’s what I missed when I was awol….
Yes, I would miss that aspect too. Lots of fun and banter on here 🙂
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