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From Dunadd, Argyll

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Discs of bronze

These two enamelled bronze discs, one of them gilt, were found at Dunadd in Argyll. Both are exotic items, broken off valuable objects for reuse into new objects by the craft specialists at Dunadd. One of the discs is perhaps from a hanging bowl.

The gilt disc, now corroded, is Frankish metalwork from France or Germany, perhaps arriving at Dunadd via Northumbria. The other disc, now imperfect, has trumpet spiral decoration similar to Irish examples.

At the site of the royal hillfort of Dunadd in Argyll, pieces of exotic metalwork have been found, suggesting that craftsmen there were cutting up and recycling objects for their own work.

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Online ID: 000-100-042-144-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.1997.481
Date: 575 - 850 AD
Between 575 and 850
Material: Copper alloy; enamelled
Gilt; enamel
Dimensions: 1.19" D
What: Disc
Disc, hanging bowl
Where: Scotland, Argyll, Kilmartin, Dunadd
Scotland, Argyll, Kilmartin, Dunadd
Description: Gilt enamelled interlace disc from Dunadd, possibly a Germanic import
Enamelled copper alloy disc for a hanging bowl, from Dunadd, Argyll, 575 - 850 AD
  • Campbell, E. and Lane, A. Celtic and Germanic interaction in Dalriada: the 7th century metalworking site at Dunadd. In:Spearman, R.M. and Higgitt, J. (eds.) The age of migrating ideas. Edinburgh and Stroud: National Museums of Scotland and Alan Sutton, 19 
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