Bone cup

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From Vallay, North Uist, Outer Hebrides

Postcard of Bone cup.
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Bone cup

This bone cup was found at Vallay on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. It was used sometime between 200 BC and 800 AD.

The cup was made from a vertebra (a segment of the spinal column) of a sea mammal such as a dolphin or whale. It is damaged on the rim.

The convenient shapes and qualities of some animal bones made them ideal for certain kinds of objects and ornaments. Some parts needed little or no modification to produce objects, as in this case.

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Online ID: 000-100-039-151-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.GT 262
Date: Between 200 BC and 800 AD
Material: Bone, cetacean
What: Cup
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, North Uist, Vallay
Description: Cup of cetacean bone from Vallay, North Uist
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