Hilton of Cadboll Pictish Stone
Hilton Stone Tain, Highland
All pictures and text copyright © 2004 Martin McCarthy
This Class II stone is now in the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
In the 17th Century it was reused as a gravestone, the cross-side being redressed and replaced with a modern inscription.
The symbol side is beautifully and richly decorated.
A complex frame has Tree of Life foliage interlace with brids. At the top of the frame, still outside the panelled area, is a double disc and Z-rod symbol.
The top panel contains a crescent and V-rod above two discs containing very intricate interlacing.
The central panel contains one of the very rare images of women in Pictish art. She sits face-on and side-saddle on a galloping horse in the most prominent position in the panel. In front of her mount is a mirror and comb symbol. She appears to be holding something in her left arm. Two male riders, two huntsmen on foot and blowing horns, dogs and deer make up a hunting scene.
The bottom panel contains spiral patterns.