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Charmstone

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from Kilcatrina, Colonsay, Inner Hebrides

Postcard of Charmstone.
000-180-002-274-C
© National Museums Scotland

Charmstone

These four pebbles of red jasper come from the altar at the early medieval chapel at Kilcatrina on Colonsay in the Inner Hebrides. They are thought to have been used as charms in the 17th or 18th century. They would have been kept by a skilled person, probably a woman, for healing purposes.

Classical Greek and Latin texts mention the therapeutic value of stones. On the basis of these teachings, in the Middle Ages red jasper was defined as having medieval properties.


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Online ID: 000-180-002-274-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Date: 17th or 18th century
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