Silver was the most precious metal in Scotland for a thousand years. The exhibition tells the story of this powerful material during a pivotal time, from the arrival of the Roman army until the dawn of the Viking Age. Featuring jewellery, vessels, coins and other finds, the exhibition examines silver through changing times, as Roman Iron Age tribal societies gave way to a patchwork of early medieval kingdoms.
Silver handles in the shape of a leopard, from Traprain Law, East Lothian, AD 410–425.
Hunterston Brooch, a solid silver brooch covered in a thin layer of gold, from Hunterston, Ayrshire, AD 650–750.
Silver pennanular brooch with gilded interlaced ornamentation, from Rogart, Sutherland, AD 700–800.
Half of a shallow silver bowl decorated with the head of Hercules, and featuring hunting scenes on the outside, from Traprain Law, East Lothian, AD 410–425.
Massive silver chain, made from pairs of solid links and fastened with a penannular clasp decorated with Pictish symbols, from Parkhill, Aberdeenshire, AD 400–600.
Portion of a silver pennanular brooch, ornamented with gold filigree and amber settings, from Dunbeath, Caithness, AD 650–750.
Scotland’s Early Silver follows three years of research supported by The Glenmorangie Company.
13 Oct 2017 - 25 Feb 2018
Exhibition Gallery 2, Level 3