Decorated Pictish disc of lead

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Found at Brough of Birsay, Orkney

Postcard of Decorated Pictish disc of lead.
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Decorated Pictish disc of lead

This Pictish decorated lead disc was found at the Brough of Birsay in Orkney. The design has been simply executed and the disc may be unfinished. It may have been intended as a model for moulding or simply a trial piece.

One side of the disc has an incised spiral design. The reverse is lightly marked with two rectangular grooves and a number of linear scratches. Scratches and surface irregularities on both sides may in part be the result of later abrasions.

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Online ID: 000-100-040-652-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.HB 509
Date: Between 700 and 900
Material: Lead; incised design of spirals
Dimensions: 50 mm D x 5 mm thick
What: Motif piece
Where: Scotland, Orkney, Brough of Birsay
Description: Lead motif piece from Birsay, Orkney
  • Youngs, Susan (ed). 'The Work of Angels'. Masterpieces of Celtic metalwork, 6th-9th centuries AD. London: British Museums Publications Ltd, 1989, p 192. 
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