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Found at Craig Phadrig, Inverness-shire

Postcard of Mould for casting mounts.
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Mould for casting mounts

This is a mould for casting mounts for Pictish hanging-bowls. It was excavated in 1971 at the Pictish fort of Craig Phadrig in Inverness-shire. The mould provides evidence of metalworking at the site between 600 and 700.

This is the front half of a bivalve mould. The mount from this mould would most probably have been cast in bronze. It would have measured 25 mm in diameter.

Mounts of similar design have been mainly found on hanging-bowls from Anglo-Saxon graves in England. A mount of this precise design has, however, been found on a fragmentary hanging-bowl from Castle Tioram in Argyll.

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Online ID: 000-100-041-152-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.HH 885
Date: Between 600 and 700
Material: Clay; most of one valve
Dimensions: 2.50" H x 2.10" W; 2.50" est original D
What: Mould, hanging bowl escutcheon
Who: Alan Small, F.S.A.Scot. (Excavator)
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Craig Phadrig
Description: Clay mould for the escutcheon of a hanging bowl, from Craig Phadrig, Inverness-shire
  • Youngs, Susan (ed). 'The Work of Angels'. Masterpieces of Celtic metalwork, 6th-9th centuries AD. London: British Museums Publications Ltd, 1989, p 52. 
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