NMS Archaeology Object 132603: X.FC 5 - Penannular brooch


Description

Summary

Brooch of gilt bronze, penannular with interlaced ornament, from Mull, 700 - 800 AD

Accession Number

X.FC 5

Other references

Not recorded1879

Original description

PERSONAL ORNAMENTS, &C. Bronze penannular Brooch, 4 x 4 3/8 in., with interlaced ornament, the pin 7 in. long and with flattened head. Mull. Updated from SCRAN full data set, December 1998. [MoS description] Early People. Moving around in their world. (4) Gilt bronze brooch, Mull. 700 - 800 AD. [Scran caption] This gilt bronze penannular brooch is from Mull, but nothing else is known about the circumstances of its discovery. It is an 8th century annular Irish brooch which was adapted to the penannular form fashionable in Scotland. The panels of the brooch are decorated with cast ribbon or animal interlace, including a back-facing biting beast in each of the central panels of the terminals. It was originally ornamented with 21 studs, probably of glass, but these are now lost. Date: Between 700 and 800. Material: Bronze, gold. Dimensions: Diameter: 11.4 cm; Length of pin: 17.9 cm.

Associated person/people (e.g. excavator/former collection)

None

Discovery / field collection

Date of discovery

Not recorded

Method (e.g. excavation)

Not recorded

Place (i.e. location of discovery)

Mull, Argyll, Scotland, Northern Europe

Acquisition

Acquisition date

1879

Acquisition source (i.e. name of donor)

Professor Duns, D.D.

Acquisition source role (e.g. donor)

DONOR

Image

Image of Brooch of gilt bronze, penannular with interlaced ornament, from Mull, 700 - 800 AD © National Museums Scotland
Image of Brooch of gilt bronze, penannular with interlaced ornament, from Mull, 700 - 800 AD © National Museums Scotland

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