Bone pin

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From Jarlshof, Shetland

Postcard of Bone pin.
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Bone pin

This bone pin is one of a number found at Jarlshof in Shetland. It was used as a dress pin or hairpin, sometime between 500 and 850.

The pin has a ball head.

Ball-headed pins are a common type of pin from Pictish settlements. They occur in bone and bronze, and in fact, the bone pins appear to have been pressed into clay moulds, to serve as models for bronze casting.

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Online ID: 000-100-042-257-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.HSA 19
Date: Between 500 and 850
Material: Bone; globular head
Dimensions: 3.00" L
What: Pin, dress / hairpin
Where: Scotland, Shetland, Sumburgh, Jarlshof
Description: Dress pin or hairpin of bone with a ball head, from Jarlshof, Shetland
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