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Silver crucifix decorated with niello and mounted on a plain ebony cross, found in a bed in Queen Mary's room at Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh, 15th or 16th century

Museum reference

H.KE 16


Decorative and Applied Art

Object name


Production information

Scotland, Northern Europe


15th - 16th century


Silver, Ebony, Niello

Physical description

Silver, ebony. Fairly corroded, top of cross broken off.

Collection place(s)

Craigmillar, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, Northern Europe


Possible owner: Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542 - 1587


  • Mary Queen of Scots (28 Jun 2013 - 17 Nov 2013)
    National Museum of Scotland

  • Angels, Nobles and Unicorns: Art and Patronage in Medieval Scotland (12 Aug 1982 - 26 Sep 1982)
    Royal Museum of Scotland


Glenn, Virginia, Romanesque & Gothic: Decorative Metalwork and Ivory Carvings in the Museum of Scotland, NMSE Publishing, Edinburgh, 2003

Caldwell, D.H. (ed). Angels Nobles and Unicorns: Art and Patronage in Medieval Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1982

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