Piece of a leather purse

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From Iona, Argyll

Postcard of Piece of a leather purse.
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Piece of a leather purse

This piece of a leather purse was found at the site of the early Christian monastery on the island of Iona in Argyll. It was used sometime between 550 and 750.

The piece of leather has holes at the top, for threading a thong to use for a drawstring closing.

The monastery of Iona was founded by Irish monks in the 6th century. Like Irish monasteries, different activities appear to have taken place in different areas. Excavations have revealed evidence of metalworking, leatherworking and woodworking.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-168-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.1997.200
Date: 550 - 750 AD
Between 550 and 750
What: Purse / portion
Where: Scotland, Argyll, Iona
Description: Half of a purse from Iona, Argyll, 550 - 750 AD
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