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Monymusk reliquary

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Monymusk reliquary
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This portable reliquary, known as the Monymusk Reliquary, is one of Scotland's greatest treasures. It dates from around 750 and probably contained a relic of St Columba.

The reliquary is in the form of a small house-shaped casket. The base and lid are hollowed out of blocks of yew wood. The front has been covered with sheets of silver, decorated with interlaced animals, and the back and sides with plain sheets of bronze.

Portable reliquaries were carried on campaign with the Scottish army. This reliquary is thought to have been the Brechbennoch which was with the army at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

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