Cross slab

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from Reay, Caithness

Postcard of Cross slab.
© National Museums Scotland

Cross slab

This cross slab was found at the old parish church at Reay in Caithness, reused in the south wall of the church. All four sides of the monolith were carved sometime between 800 and 1000.

This picture shows the back of the monolith. It is decorated with a scene carved in relief. At the top is a large stag above a panel of interlace. The stone is broken off at the bottom.

During this period northern Caithness was settled by the Scandinavians, though how extensively is unclear. At Reay pagan Viking burials dating to the 10th century were found. This stone, however, is firmly in the Pictish Christian tradition.

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Online ID: 000-100-043-533-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IB 267
Date: Between 800 and 1000
Material: Sandstone, reddish; sculptured in flat relief; lowest part missing
Dimensions: 1220 mm H x 240 mm L x 270 mm W
What: Cross shaft
Where: Scotland, Caithness, Reay Parish Church
Description: Cross shaft of reddish sandstone sculptured in flat relief, found in 1947 built into the south wall of Reay Parish Church, Caithness
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