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Decorated leather fragment, 8 - 9th century

Period:
Early Medieval
Description:

This off cut may have been used as a sketch or trial piece for a design later carved in bone, antler or stone.  A very similar design has beenfound on a pair of bridle mounts from Baladoole, Isle of Man.  This interlaced design is also used on many of the tenth century carved crosses from Whithorn.

 

A leather off-cut, perhaps a waste strip from shoemaking.  An interlace motif has been incised into one side.  There is an unfinished interlace design on the other side.

Place of Production:
Whithorn, Wigtownshire
Materials/Media:
leather
Dimensions:
length 78mm, width 24mm
Source:
The Whithorn Trust
Accession number:
WIWMS Whit LR16.1
Digital Number:
WTAC004n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council