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Irish Ring Brooch

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1935A547.439
Collection:Antiquities - Mediaeval
Date:900 c - 1000 c


The ring brooch was commonly used as a method of fastening clothing such as a cloak in the late first millennium AD. It consists of a decorated copper alloy ring and a long pin. Folds of clothing were pulled through the ring and the pin pushed through, securing the cloak.This example has typically stylised zoomorphic and interlaced ornament, with four sockets for enamel- decorated infill.

Bequeathed by T G Barnett, 1935.

Further Information

Production Period:10th century
Medium:Base metal.
Place of Excavation:County Westmeath, Ireland


Height:99 mm
Width:40 mm