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Vessel metal / bowl


Bowl of silver decorated with lines of dots and gilded male bearded faces, Pictish, from St Ninian's Isle, 8th century

Museum reference

X.FC 273



Object name

Vessel metal / bowl


8th century

Style / Culture



Silver, Gold, Gilt, Bronze, Enamel

Physical description

Silver; basal depression; lines of dots form pendant triangles on upper zone, interlace on middle and a key pattern on the lower zone; inside base an applied triangular escutcheon, gilded human faces at corners, cast openwork interlace in three panels in interior

Collection place(s)

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


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