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from Tiree, Inner Hebrides

Postcard of Brooch.
© National Museums Scotland


This brass oval brooch was found on Tiree in the Inner Hebrides with a pin and perhaps the pair to this brooch, apparently from a woman's grave. The burial dates from between 850 and 950.

Like many oval brooches of the period, this example was made from two shells. The outer openwork shell fit over the inner one, and was attached with silver wires, some still preserved. Four of the raised knobs are missing.

Many oval brooches have small wires, usually of silver, which were used to fasten the openwork shells. Grooves were made on the outside, along which the twisted wires were laid, to give a decorative effect.

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Online ID: 000-100-043-755-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IL 219
Date: 10th century
Between 850 and 950
Material: Oval; bowl-shaped
Dimensions: 4.50" x 2.75" x 1.50"
Where: Scotland, Argyll, Tiree
Description: Oval brooch with textile remains on the reverse, from Tiree, 10th century
  • Graham-Campbell, James and Batey, Colleen E. Vikings in Scotland. An Archaeological Survey. Edinburgh: University Press, 1998, p 87. 
  • Grieg, Sigurd. Viking Antiquities in Scotland (=Viking Antiquities in Great Britain and Ireland, Part II, ed. by Haakon Shetelig). Oslo: H. Aschehoug & Co., 1940, p 63. 
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