Brooch (Piece)

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From Croy, Inverness-shire

Postcard of Brooch (Piece).
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Brooch (Piece)

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

Almost half of the brooch survives. The end has gilt panels with geometric patterns and four settings for amber, though only one survives. The brooch is broken on the hoop where a sunken panel had interlace ornament.

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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Online ID: 000-100-036-204-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FC 14
Date: Between 800 and 900
Material: Silver; expanded end ornamented with triquetras
What: Brooch, penannular / half
Who: James Shearer (Possible finder)
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Croy
Description: Half of a penannular silver brooch with the expanded end ornamented with triquetras, from Croy, Inverness-shire
  • Ross, Alexander. Notice of the discovery of portions of two penannular brooches of silver with beds of glass and amber, and a silver coin of Coenwulf, King of Mercia (A.D. 795-818), at Mains of Croy, Inverness-shire. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquar 
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