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From the West of Scotland

Postcard of Mount.
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This gilt copper mount with the remains of amber settings was found in the west of Scotland. It was made either in Ireland or Scotland. Sometime between 800 and 1000 it was later obtained as loot or a gift by Viking settlers in the west of Scotland.

The circular mount has two triangular projections on its circumference. The geometric ornament is carved in relief. The mount is in poor condition.

The mounts on many Irish and Scottish objects such as reliquaries, were elaborate and richly decorated. Viking raiders sometimes cut the mounts from looted reliquaries and re-fashioned them into other objects such as brooches or weights.

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Online ID: 000-100-043-837-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IL 363
Date: Between 800 and 1000
Material: Copper alloy, gilt; circular; two triangular projections on circumference; remains of amber settings
Dimensions: 2.00" x 1.56"
Where: Scotland
Description: Circular mount of gilt copper alloy with two triangular projections on circumference, from the west of Scotland
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