Fragments of gilt bronze mounts

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From Dumfriesshire

Postcard of Fragments of gilt bronze mounts.
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Fragments of gilt bronze mounts

These fragments of gilt bronze mounts were found in Dumfriesshire. Around 50 such pieces were folded into packets and buried with five bosses. They were probably attached to a portable wooden cross which was used between 750 and 800.

These fragments are decorated in repoussé technique with a vine scroll, a motif found on Northumbrian stone crosses, metalwork and coins.

Christianity was introduced to Scotland after the Romans had left. Different traditions of Christianity developed in different areas, often influencing one another. The Anglian church from Northumbria spread into south-eastern and south-western Scotland.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-340-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FC 179
Date: Between 750 and 800
Material: Bronze; ornamented
What: Cross, processional / mount
Where: Scotland, Dumfriesshire
Description: Bronze processional cross mounts, from Dumfriesshire
  • Webster, Leslie and Backhouse, Janet. The making of England. Anglo-Saxon art and culture AD 600-900. London: British Museum Press, 1991, pp 174-5. 
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