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Hair ornaments of copper and gold

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From Balmashanner, Angus

Postcard of Hair ornaments of copper and gold.
000-100-034-573-C
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Hair ornaments of copper and gold

These six gilt copper and gold penannular rings were probably hair ornaments. They are part of a hoard of jewellery and other items buried in a pot sometime between 950 and 750 BC, and ploughed up at Balmashanner in Angus. They were made in Ireland.

The three rings with a circular cross section were made of a thin plate of gold covering a copper core. The three on the bottom are made of a thin plate of beaten gold. The one on the bottom right has been decorated with incised lines in panels.

The Balmashanner hoard demonstrates how extensive and complex were the contacts between Scotland and the outside world during the early first millennium BC. The contents came from Ireland, northern Europe, north-west Europe and the eastern Alps.


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Online ID: 000-100-034-573-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DQ 160
Date: Between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Thin exterior plate of gold enclosing a copper core
Thin exterior plate of gold enclosing a copper core
Thin exterior plate of gold enclosing a copper core
Thin plate of gold; penannular
Thin plate of gold; penannular
Thin plate of gold; penannular
Dimensions: 0.63" D
0.81" D
0.88" D
1.00" D
1.00" D
1.00" D
What: Capsule
Capsule
Capsule
Ring, penannular
Ring, penannular
Ring, penannular
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Who:
Where: Scotland, Angus, Balmashanner
Scotland, Angus, Balmashanner
Scotland, Angus, Balmashanner
Scotland, Angus, Balmashanner
Scotland, Angus, Balmashanner
Scotland, Angus, Balmashanner
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Description: Penannular ring consisting of a thin exterior plate of gold enclosing a copper core, from Balmashanner
Penannular ring consisting of a thin exterior plate of gold enclosing a copper core, from Balmashanner
Penannular ring consisting of a thin exterior plate of gold enclosing a copper core, from Balmashanner
Capsule of penannular form made of a thin plate of gold, from Balmashanner
Capsule of penannular form made of a thin plate of gold, from Balmashanner
Capsule of penannular form made of a thin plate of gold, from Balmashanner
References:
  • Coles, John M. Scottish late Bronze Age metalwork: typology, distributions and chronology. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 93 (1959-1960), pp 16-134, esp. pp 98-9. 
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