Pony cap of bronze

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From Torrs, Kelton, Kirkcudbrightshire

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Pony cap of bronze

This bronze pony cap was found at Torrs, at Kelton in Kirkcudbrightshire, along with two horns. It is a unique find, and must have been used on ceremonial occasions sometime between 300 and 100 BC.

The cap is decorated with repoussé design. Part of the front is missing, and the cracked front has a modern internal patch. Both the cap and horns were modified at some point in the past to attach the horns.

The cap was worn on the top of the pony's head, with the ears emerging from the smooth holes. It was held in place by leather straps. Originally the cap had a plume attached to its top; at a later unknown date, the horns were attached.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-170-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FA 72
Date: Between 300 and 100 BC
Material: Bronze
What: Mask / chamfrain
Who: Joseph Train (Originally presented item to Sir Walter Scott)
Where: Scotland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Kelton, Torrs
Scotland, Roxburghshire, Abbotsford
Description: Bronze mask or chamfrain found in a moss at Torrs, Kelton
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  • MacGregor, Morna. Early Celtic art in North Britain. Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1976, vol. 1, pp. 23-4; vol. 2, no. 1. 
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