Replica of a carnyx found at Deskford, Banffshire

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Replica of a carnyx found at Deskford, Banffshire

This is an accurate reconstruction of a carnyx, an Iron Age war trumpet. Made for the National Museums of Scotland by John Creed, it is based on an original bronze and brass carnyx head found at Deskford in Banffshire.

Shaped from sheet bronze and brass, the head resembles that of a wild boar, symbol of strength and fearlessness. The wooden tongue can move as the trumpet is played and carried.

Only the head survives of the original carnyx. The missing parts (the crest, ears and long tube) were reconstructed from other examples and pictures on Roman sculpture.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-272-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.1992.25
Date: Between late 1st and 3rd century AD
Original carnyx: Between 80 and 200 AD
Material: Bronze and brass with enamel for eye inserts
What: Carnyx / replica
Who: John Creed (maker)
Where: Scotland, Banffshire, Deskford
Description: Bronze and brass replica of the Deskford carnyx, with wooden tongue and enamel eye inserts, from Deskford, Banffshire, between late 1st and 3rd century AD
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