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From Gunnister, Northmavine, Shetland

Postcard of Container.
© National Museums Scotland


This horn container with wooden plug was discovered along with various objects on a man's body found at Gunnister in Northmavine in Shetland in the late 17th century. The container may have been used for holding ink.

Horn, closed at the wider end with a plug of wood, Gunnister, Northmavine, Shetland, late 17th century

When he died, the man was wearing a coat, breeches, cap and stockings. Among his possessions were a staved vessel, a horn spoon, a knife handle, a quill and writing board, a knitted woollen purse and a silk ribbon.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-348-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MP 688
Date: Late 17th century
Material: Horn / wood
Dimensions: 3.25" L x 1.25" max D
What: Horn
Subject: Tools, implements and miscellaneous (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Shetland, Northmavine, Gunnister
Scotland, Shetland, Northmavine, Gunnister
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