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Early Medieval (400AD - 1099AD)

Early Christians

Crescent headed stick pin

Period:
Early Medieval
Description:

This beautiful object with it's distinctive head does not have any immediate parallels although similar pins made out of bone are known from the Western Isles.  Used to hold a cloak or shawl, it could have been worn by either a man or a woman.  It is a good example of the type of high status jewelery worn by the inhabitants of seventh centtury Whithorn.

 

A masive stick pin with a crescentic or axe-shaped head.  The square section shank at the head becomes octagonal below the mid-point.

Materials/Media:
bronze, copper alloy
Dimensions:
length 175mm
Source:
The Whithorn Trust
Accession number:
WIWMS Whit BZ14.7
Digital Number:
WTAC006a; WTAC006b
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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