NMS Archaeology Object 167552: X.IL 215 - Brooch


Description

Summary

Brooch of brass, oval bowl-shaped, from Islay, 875 - 925 AD

Accession Number

X.IL 215

Other references

Not recorded1788

Original description

VIKING PERIOD. Oval Bowl-shaped Brooch. Islay. [MoS description - X.IL 215 & X.IL 216] Early People. From their things to their lives. (1) Pair of brass brooches, Islay. 875 - 925 AD. [Scran caption - X.IL 215 & 216] This pair of brass oval brooches was found in 1788 on Islay in the Inner Hebrides. They are almost certainly from the grave of a Scandinavian woman, and date from between 875 to 925. These brooches were made from two shells. The inner shells preserve textile impressions of fine cloth and the remains of rivets for attaching both shells. The lugs for the brooch pins are also preserved. The outermost was an openwork pattern with animal decoration and projecting knobs, some of which are missing here. Date: Between 875 and 925. Material: Brass. Dimensions: Length: 11.2 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)

Islay, Argyll, Scotland, Northern Europe

Acquisition

Acquisition date

1788

Acquisition source (i.e. name of donor)

Colonel Campbell

Acquisition source role (e.g. donor)

DONOR

Image

Image of Brooch of brass, oval bowl-shaped, from Islay, 875 - 925 AD © National Museums Scotland
Image of Brooch of brass, oval bowl-shaped, from Islay, 875 - 925 AD © National Museums Scotland

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