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Scabbard, sword / chape


Silver scabbard chape with Latin inscriptions, animals and fish, Pictish, from St Ninian's Isle, 8th century

Museum reference

X.FC 282



Object name

Scabbard, sword / chape


8th century

Style / Culture



Silver, Gilt

Physical description

Silver gilt, much worn; horseshoe shape; two riveted pieces perforated near each end; zoomorphic terminals linked by a curved band inscribed on both sides; crest has a series of pairs of curved lines on one side, dolphins on the other side

Collection place(s)

St Ninian's Isle, Shetland, 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

  • Credo - The Christianisation of Europe (26 Jul 2013 - 03 Nov 2013)
    Erzbischöfliches Diözesanmuseum

  • The St Ninian's Isle Treasure (04 Jul 2008 - 13 Oct 2008)
    Shetland Museum and Archives

  • 26 Treasures in the National Museum of Scotland (01 Dec 2011 - 29 Jan 2012)
    World Wide Web

Links to other web pages

Canmore Site Record

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