Razor of bronze

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From Traprain Law, East Lothian

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Razor of bronze

This bronze razor was found at Traprain Law in East Lothian. It was probably imported from Central Europe between 750 and 450 BC.

The blade of the razor is nicked and chipped. The hole at one end was to allow suspension, perhaps from a belt, to show off this prestigious personal possession.

Bronze razors were used as prestige shaving gear from the second millennium BC onwards. This item is evidence for continuing contacts across the North Sea around the mid first millennium BC.

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Online ID: 000-100-039-905-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.GVB 27
Date: Between 750 and 450 BC
Material: Bronze; crescentic; patinated
Dimensions: Blade 2.28" L
What: Razor
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Traprain Law
Description: Late Bronze Age razor, Hallstatt type, from Traprain Law
  • Burley, Elizabeth. Metal-work from Traprain Law. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 89 (1955-1956), 118-226, esp. no. T. 27, p 150. 
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