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Silver hanging bowl

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found on St Ninian's Isle, Dunrossness, Shetland

Silver hanging bowl
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This silver hanging bowl with gilt mounts was found in a hoard containing 28 silver objects and part of the jaw of a porpoise, buried in a ruined chapel on St Ninian's Isle at Dunrossness in Shetland. The objects probably belonged to a Pictish chief.

The outside of the bowl has three oblong ribs in the form of spread-eagle boars. These form hooks at the rim to carry rings for suspension.

Hanging bowls were first made in Roman Britain, and were popular in Ireland, Scotland and the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms into the eighth century. They are usually of bronze, rather than silver, with elaborate mounts on the outside rim and bottom.

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