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From Ballinaby, Islay, Inner Hebrides

Postcard of Pin.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze pin was found in a man's grave at Ballinaby on Islay in the Inner Hebrides. He was buried in a cist with a range of weapons and an elaborate belt, sometime between 875 and 950.

The ringed pin has a moveable ring at one end to which some thread would have been attached. The other end of the thread would have been looped over the tip of the pin to stop it from slipping out of the garment. The point has been flattened.

Ringed pins are a type of dress pin, often with decoration on the heads. They are an Irish type of pin which was adopted by Vikings, especially those living in western Europe. Examples occur in bronze and silver.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-644-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IL 384
Date: Between 875 and 950
between 875 and 950 AD
Material: Bronze; free ring headed
Dimensions: 4" L
Where: Scotland, Argyll, Islay, Ballinaby
Description: Penannular ring-headed pin of bronze, with flattened point, from Ballinaby, Islay, between 875 and 950 AD
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