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Penannular brooch


Penannular brooch of silver-gilt with birds' heads and a blue glass inset, Pictish, from St Ninian's Isle, 8th century

Museum reference

X.FC 286



Object name

Penannular brooch


8th century

Style / Culture




Physical description

Silver gilt; square terminals with birds' heads facing three corners, inset in fourth, all linked by ribs to central blue glass inset, interlace beween; curved panel in centre of hoop with interlace and central inset; pin with interlace on upper half and on expanded head which has central boss

Collection place(s)

St Ninian's Isle, Shetland, Scotland, Northern Europe


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    National Museum of Scotland

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    National Museum of Scotland

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    British Museum

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