Carved stone ball

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From Skara Brae, Orkney

Postcard of Carved stone ball.
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Carved stone ball

This carved stone ball is one of several elaborate carved stone objects found at Skara Brae in Orkney. It was a prestige object, and dates from between 3100 and 2400 BC.

The irregularly-shaped ball is covered with 22 knobs. It is quite worn.

Carved stone balls are a distinctly Scottish object, with over 425 known. Most are similar in size, and a few are decorated. Many functions have been suggested. All that is certain is that they were prestigious possessions, symbols of power.

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Online ID: 000-100-040-499-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.HA 659
Date: Between 3100 and 2400 BC
Material: Stone, buff; irregularly shaped; surface covered with 22 knobs of various shapes
Dimensions: 2.30" D
What: Ball
Where: Scotland, Orkney, Skaill, Skara Brae
Description: Carved stone ball from Skara Brae
  • Marshall, D.N. Carved stone balls. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 108 (1976-7), pp 40-79. 
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