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found at Urquhart Castle, near Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire

Postcard of Ewer.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze ewer was made in North Europe in the 15th century. It was found at Urquhart Castle, near Drumnadrochit in Inverness-shire.

The hexagonal ewer has a short spout with an animal head, and a handle. The lid is broken off.

Dating from the 12th century, Urquhart Castle commanded a strategic position on Loch Ness and was vital to the crown's control of the Highlands. It was partially blown up when evacuated by government forces in 1691 and thereafter decayed rapidly.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-265-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.HY 5
Date: 15th century
Material: Copper alloy
Dimensions: 216 x 149 mm
Subject: Finds from Urquhart Castle (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Glen Urquhart, Urquhart Castle
Description: Pear-shaped ewer of copper alloy from Urquhart Castle, 15th century
  • Caldwell, D.H. (ed). Angels Nobles and Unicorns: Art and Patronage in Medieval Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1982 
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