Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Co Kilkenny: Archaeological Objects at The British Museum

The British Museum holds five items identified as coming from Co Kilkenny, along with one item located to either Longford or Kilkenny. The majority of these (3) are assigned to the Early Medieval period, followed by the Early Bronze Age (2). The six items are all different object types. Only two material types are represented in this assemblage: Metal (5) and Glass (1).


Bronze Age: Metal item
Clonea
socketed axe
WG.1574
Copper alloy socketed axe; cast. Oval mouth with bevelled rim. Loop is set at base of the collar and its ends extend onto body. Cutting edge is moderately expanded but blunt.


Early Bronze Age: Metal items
Gowran
flat axe
WG.1529
Copper-alloy flat axe; with a thin, slightly rounded butt.

Castlecomer
halberd
WG.1597
Copper alloy halberd, asymmetrical blade with rounded hafting plate and straight, rounded midrib. Three rivet holes with two rivets in situ.


Early Medieval: Glass item
Kells
bracelet
18920421.150
Glass, fragment of bracelet with two lines of white dots between three lines of white spirals, all on blue ground.
5thC-11thC (?)


Early Medieval: Metal item
Kilkenny
plaque
19830701.100
Square open-work brass plaque depicting the Crucifixion: Christ flanked by Longinus, Stephaton and angels. Pierced with two rivets, for mounting to another object
11thC-12thC


The following item is listed in the museum catalogue as coming from either Longford or Kilkenny:
Early Medieval: Metal item
Longford/Kells, Co Kilkenny
mount
19231110.200
Gilt copper alloy cruciform mount; four animals around centre square setting; animal head flanked by interlace at top and bottom; mask on right.
8thC-9thC



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