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Brooch

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found at Skaill, Sandwick, Orkney

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This large silver brooch was found at Skaill at Sandwick in Orkney, and is part of the largest Viking Age silver hoard found in Scotland. It was clearly meant for ostentatious display of wealth and status. The hoard was buried between 950 and 970.

The pinhead and the terminals of the hoop are ball-shaped. They have an engraved animal pattern on one side on the front. The inner collar of the left terminal has broken away but otherwise the brooch is complete.

The Skaill hoard contains ten penannular brooches, and fragments of others. Many of the brooches, including this one, have been identified as products of a workshop based in the Irish Sea area, perhaps on the Isle of Man or with a Manx craftsman.

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