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from Kildonan, Eigg, Inner Hebrides

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This tinned bronze brooch was found in a Viking grave mound at Kildonan on Eigg in the Inner Hebrides. The man was buried with weapons and ornaments from Scandinavia and the British Isles between 900 and 950.

The penannular brooch is of a type known as a ball brooch, due to the ball-shaped ends. The pin attached to the ball on the hoop. The brooch was coated with white metal, probably tin, to give it a shiny appearance like silver.

Brooches of this type were made in workshops in the British Isles. They were also popular with Scandinavians, and were copied in Norway. Such brooches would have been worn by men to fasten their cloaks at the shoulder.

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