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From Croy, Inverness-shire

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This penannular silver gilt brooch was found at Croy in Inverness-shire in a hoard consisting primarily of Pictish jewellery. It was buried between 800 and 900.

The brooch has ends resembling beasts holding circular discs in their jaws. Their eyes are triangular settings of amber, as are settings in the discs and oval part of the hoop. Some of the ornament was gilt. The hoop is broken and the pin is missing.

A variety of Pictish penannular brooches have been found. They all have a characteristic panel on the hoop and frequently they have lobed terminals. The pins, when they survive, are quite distinctive. Silver and bronze examples are known.

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