Silver spoon from Iona Nunnery

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Silver spoon from Iona Nunnery

This silver gilt spoon was found under the floor of St Ronan's Chapel at Iona Nunnery. It dates from the 13th century and may have formed part of the treasury of the wealthy nunnery.

The spoon is engraved with leaflike designs and gilt incised lines.

The earliest buildings of the religious establishment on Iona were founded by Columba after his arrival on the island in 563. The nunnery dates from the early 13th century.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-091-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.HX 32
Date: 13th century
Material: Silver
Dimensions: 200 mm L
What: Spoon
Where: Scotland, Argyll, Iona Nunnery
Description: Silver spoon decorated with engraved foliaceous designs and gilt incised lines, found under the floor at Iona Nunnery, 13th century
  • Caldwell, D.H. (ed). Angels Nobles and Unicorns: Art and Patronage in Medieval Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1982 
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