MHG11648 - Pictish Pin & Medallion; 3 Ben Bhraggie Drive
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Type and Period (1)
- FINDSPOT (CULTURE 300; CULTURE 900; , Pictish - 300 AD to 900 AD)
- None recorded
Possibly 9th century AD bronze pin found June, 1974 by Miss M W Grant, in her garden at 3 Ben Bhraggie Drive, Golspie.
The pin is about 3" long with the tip missing. The head is expanded into a flat spatulate shape with a human face in low relief on one side and an interlace motif below the chin. The face was originally gilt. Donated to NMAS by Miss Grant.
Info contained in letter from M W Grant to Dr J Close-Brooks, NMAS, August 1974, and from location plan by M W Grant to OS, September 1974.
Technique and minor decorative detail link the pin convincingly to Pictish work of 8th and 9th centuries, closest parallel to face being that carved on a whetstone from Portsoy, Banffshire, now in the British Museum. This stone also bears Pictish symbols.
J Close-Brooks 1977. <1>
Miss Grant contacted; no further information.
Visited by OS (N K B) 11 December 1980.
Miss Grant also found a medallion with a thistle design in her garden. See Assoc Docs file.
The pin is listed under Acc. No. FC 301 in the NMS catalogue. <3>
- <1> Text/Publication/Article: Close-Brooks, J. 1977. 'A Pictish pin from Golspie, Sutherland', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, Vol 106 (1974-75), pp 208-10.
- <2> Text/Publication/Booklet: Ritchie, Scott and Gray, A, I and T. 2006. People of Early Scotland: From Contemporary Images.
- <3> Dataset/Database File: National Museums of Scotland. 2019. Highland Finds from the NMS Catalogue. National Museums of Scotland. Digital. FC 301.
|Grid reference||Centred NH 8242 9982 (4m by 4m) (Buffered by site type)|
- PIN (Pictish - 300 AD to 900 AD)
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- https://canmore.org.uk/site/15356 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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