Bronze covering for an iron bell

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From Monybuie, Dalbeattie, Dumfriesshire

Postcard of Bronze covering for an iron bell.
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Bronze covering for an iron bell

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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Online ID: 000-100-000-311-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KA 18
Date: Between 650 and 900
Material: Bronze
What: Bell cover
Subject: Ecclesiastical bells (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Dalbeattie, Monybuie
Description: Bronze covering of an early Celtic iron bell, from Monybuie, Dalbeattie
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