Rein guide of enamelled bronze

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From Auchendolly, Kirkcudbrightshire

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Rein guide of enamelled bronze

This enamelled bronze rein guide from a yoke, also known as a terret, was found at Auchendolly in Kirkcudbrightshire. It was made in south-east England between 50 and 100 AD, and may have arrived by long-distance gift exchange.

The crescent-shaped rein guide has traces of red enamel.

The reasons behind the movement of objects can only be guessed at. Often it was not the result of a commercial transaction as we know it today. Instead, the exchange could be used to create obligations and as a means of maintaining a social position.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-138-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FA 40
Date: Between 50 and 100 AD
Material: Bronze; crescent-shaped; with Celtic patterns in champleve enamel
What: Terret
Where: Scotland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Auchendolly
Description: Bronze crescent-shaped terret from Auchendolly
  • MacGregor, Morna. Early Celtic art in North Britain. Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1976, vol. 1, pp 43-4, 64, 182-3; vol. 2, no. 62. 
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