NMS Archaeology Object 167661: X.IL 330 - Brooch


Description

Summary

Oval bowl-shaped bronze brooch cast in a single piece and richly ornamented, with textile remains around pin, from Carn nan Bharraich, Oronsay, Argyll, 850 - 900 AD

Accession Number

X.IL 330

Other references

Not recorded1913 p. 421

Original description

VIKING PERIOD. Oval bowl-shaped bronze brooch, cast in a single piece, and richly ornamented, from a mound known as Car nan Bharrich, Oransay. SCRAN Caption record, 1997: BROOCHES FROM CARN A'BHARRAICH, ORONSAY, INNER HEBRIDES Ref: X.IL 329-30 INTRODUCTION - These two brass oval brooches were found in a woman's grave at Carn a'Bharraich on Oronsay in the Inner Hebrides. She was buried between 850 and 900 with a bronze pin and other fragmentary objects, most of which are Scandinavian in character. DESCRIPTION - One of the oval brooches preserves traces of cloth in the corrosion of the pin on the underside. They were cast in a single piece, and richly ornamented in relief. There is a double pin attachment at the back. BACKGROUND - Oval brooches are a very distinctive form of Viking ornament, worn by women in pairs on their shoulders to hold up a pinafore. They were mass produced in Scandinavia and widely copied. DETAILS - Date: Between 850 and 900 Material: Brass Dimensions: Length: 89 mm REFERENCES - Grieg, Sigurd. Viking Antiquities in Scotland (=Viking Antiquities in Great Britain and Ireland, Part II, ed. by Haakon Shetelig). Oslo: H. Aschehoug & Co., 1940, pp. 42-3.

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)

Carn nan Bharraich, Oronsay, Argyll, Scotland, Northern Europe

Acquisition

Acquisition date

1913

Acquisition source (i.e. name of donor)

Not recorded

Acquisition source role (e.g. donor)

Not recorded

Image

Image of Oval bowl-shaped bronze brooch cast in a single piece and richly ornamented, with textile remains around pin, from Carn nan Bharraich, Oronsay, Argyll, 850 - 900 AD © National Museums Scotland
Image of Oval bowl-shaped bronze brooch cast in a single piece and richly ornamented, with textile remains around pin, from Carn nan Bharraich, Oronsay, Argyll, 850 - 900 AD © National Museums Scotland

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