Glass bead

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From Croy, Inverness-shire

Postcard of Glass bead.
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Glass bead

This glass bead is one of several found at Croy in Inverness-shire in a hoard consisting primarily of Pictish jewellery. It was buried between 800 and 900.

The blue glass bead has white enamel decoration around its circumference and yellow spots.

Glass was not made from raw materials until the end of the first millennium AD. Instead, scrap material was melted down and used to make other objects such as beads or settings in brooches. Glass beads were prized objects by both Picts and Scandinavians.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-207-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FC 17
Date: Between 800 and 900
Material: Glass and amber
What: Bead
Who: James Shearer (Possible finder)
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Croy
Description: Bead of glass and amber 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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