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Early Medieval (400AD - 1099AD)

Early Christians

Decorative plaque

Period:
Early Medieval
Description:

The plaque shows two interlaced animals, one biting the body of the other.  It is probably a piece of church metal work from a shrine or book cover.

 

The plaque shows Northumbrian influence with the stylized animals resembling those in the Lindisfarne Gospels, and is probably 8th century in date.

Place of Discovery:
Upper Rerrick Farm near Dundrennan
Materials/Media:
copper alloy, gold & gilt
Dimensions:
length 35mm, width 42mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1987.58
Digital Number:
DMAC050n
Creation Date:
c 750
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council