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Mould for casting mounts

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Found at Craig Phadrig, Inverness-shire

Mould for casting mounts
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This is a mould for casting mounts for Pictish hanging-bowls. It was excavated in 1971 at the Pictish fort of Craig Phadrig in Inverness-shire. The mould provides evidence of metalworking at the site between 600 and 700.

This is the front half of a bivalve mould. The mount from this mould would most probably have been cast in bronze. It would have measured 25 mm in diameter.

Mounts of similar design have been mainly found on hanging-bowls from Anglo-Saxon graves in England. A mount of this precise design has, however, been found on a fragmentary hanging-bowl from Castle Tioram in Argyll.

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