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Brooch-pin of silver, with amber, red glass and gold inlay, 8th century, from a grave of a woman and infant, Westness, Rousay, Orkney

Museum reference

X.IL 728



Object name



8th century


Silver, Gold, Amber, Glass

Physical description

Silver, poor quality; circular head in form of penannular brooch; decorated sunk panels containing gold filigree bordered by lines of red glass; four round amber and four semicircular insets; pin top above hinge has groove for glass inlay round a semicircular amber inset

Collection place(s)

Westness, Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, Northern Europe


  • Celts (10 Mar 2016 - 25 Sep 2016)
    National Museum of Scotland

  • Celts: Art and Identity (24 Sep 2015 - 31 Jan 2016)
    British Museum

  • Amazing Amber (10 May 2013 - 08 Sep 2013)
    National Museum of Scotland

Links to other web pages

NMS factsheet

Canmore Site Record

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