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Bronze covering for an iron bell

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From Monybuie, Dalbeattie, Dumfriesshire

Bronze covering for an iron bell
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This bronze covering for an iron bell was found at Monybuie at Dalbeattie in Dumfriesshire. It is evidence of the spread of Christianity, introduced from the western or Celtic tradition, between 650 and 900.

The casing is corroded and incomplete in places, especially the handle.

Bells were used by clergy, especially those from the Irish Christian tradition. Early examples are in iron or bronze-clad iron, but by the 9th century they were made in bronze. They were carried by missionaries, and many were later venerated as relics.

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