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Gaming counter


Carved bone playing counter depicting a crowned mermaid holding a fish in her right hand and her own tail in her left, 15th or 16th century, found during work near the Chapter House, Iona

Museum reference

H.NS 99

Object name

Gaming counter

Production information

Scotland, Northern Europe


15th - 16th century



Physical description

Fair, chips to rim, chipping and a hole bored into the back.


Iona (Chapter House), Argyll, Scotland, Northern Europe


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