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Scabbard, sword / chape


Scabbard chape of silver with zoomorphic terminals with glass insets for eyes, Pictish, from St Ninian's Isle, 8th century

Museum reference

X.FC 283



Object name

Scabbard, sword / chape


8th century

Style / Culture



Silver, Gilt, Glass

Physical description

Silver; zoomorphic terminals, the heads decorated with spirals, fluted snouts and protruding tongues, glass insets for eyes; curved band on one side with deep hatching forming multiple triangles, the other having two panels in chip-carving technique separated by a cross decorated with spirals, each panel containing a pair of interlocked animals; the crest with Greek key pattern on one side, a series of double curves and rough key pattern on the other

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

  • 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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