Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Co Dublin: Archaeological Objects at The British Museum

The British Museum holds 32 items identified as coming from Co Dublin. The majority of these (17) are assigned to the Medieval period, followed by the Early Medieval (7) and Late Medieval (4) periods. The most common object type represented are jugs (10) and pitchers (6), followed by pins (4) and floor-tiles (3). Only three material types are represented in this assemblage: Pottery (20), Metal (11), and Amber (1).


Neolithic (?)/Bronze Age (?)/Iron Age (?): Amber item
Kilmainham
bead
18880719.122
Amber globular bead.


Bronze Age: Metal item
Dublin
spear-head
18750401.440
Copper alloy socketed spear-head, pegged.


Late Bronze Age: Metal item
Contarf
penannular ring
18490301.180
Gold small penannular ring with external longitudinal striations on the body. The terminals are decorated with three lightly incised horizontal lines and finish in pointed ends.
1150BC-750BC (circa)


Early Medieval: Metal items
Dublin (City)
crozier
18540307.400
Copper alloy crozier socket with alternate plain and interlace panels; sub-rectangular panels of animals round top, two scrolls.
8thC-9thC

Dublin (City)
pin
18680709.390
Brass wheel headed pin; flat circular head, pierced in centre; shank of oval section.
8thC-9thC

Dublin (City)
pin
18680709.370
Leaded brass mushroom-headed pin with ribbed sub-biconical head; shank of circular section.
5thC-10thC

Dublin (City)
pin
18680709.360
Bronze triskele-headed pin; vertical incised lines at neck; shank of oval section.
6thC-7thC

Dublin (City)
pin
18680709.380
Leaded gun metal pin with rounded head decorated with incised lines radiating from centre; shank of oval section.
5thC-10thC

Phoenix Park
book-cover
18540307.300
Gilt copper alloy book-mount, sub-triangular, decorated with 2 confronted interlaced animals with gaping jaws and scrolled hips.
8thC

Thomas Street,St Johns Abbey
shrine; figurine
18680709.520
Copper alloy gilt ecclesiastical figurine, with hands raised; robes with incised and relief panels, pierced for attachment to shrine?
12thC(early)


Viking: Metal item
Phoenix Park, grave
oval brooch
18540307.100
Copper alloy oval brooch with part of one long side missing; four diamond-shaped fields, of which two with masks, two with ribbon design.
9thC


Medieval: Metal item
Dublin (City)
bowl
AF.3042
Silver bowl; shallow rounded cup on conical foot with beaded band; engraved line near rim inside, outside and around foot; inside: circular medallion containing engraved monster/wyvern. Made in England.
13thC


Medieval: Pottery items
Dublin (City)
jug
19701205.305
Pottery jug (fragment).

Dublin (City)
jug
19701205.306
Pottery jug (fragment).

Dublin (City)
jug
19701205.303
Pottery jug (fragment).

Dublin (City)
jug
19701205.302
Pottery jug (fragment).

Dublin (City)
jug
19701205.297
Pottery jug (fragment); green glaze & vertical grooves.

Dublin (City)
jug
19701205.301
Pottery jug (fragment); base.

Dublin (City)
jug
19701205.299
Pottery jug (fragment); green glaze.

Dublin (City)
jug
19701205.304
Pottery jug (fragment); yellow to olive green glaze.

Dublin (City)
jug
19701205.300
Pottery jug(fragment); base; patchy green glaze.

Dublin (City)
jug
19701205.298
Pottery jug(fragment); green glaze.

High Street
pitcher
19701205.307
Pottery pitcher(fragment); from base, smoke-blackened.

High Street
pitcher
19701205.309
Pottery pitcher(fragment); rim and neck, green glaze. French import.

High Street
pitcher
19701205.311
Pottery pitcher(fragment); body sherd, green glaze both sides. French import.

High Street
pitcher
19701205.308
Pottery pitcher(fragment); rim and neck, green glaze with deep groove. French import.

High Street
pitcher
19701205.312
Pottery pitcher(fragment); body sherd, green glaze. French import.

High Street
pitcher
19701205.310
Pottery pitcher(fragment); body sherd, green glaze. French import.


Late Medieval: Pottery items
Christ Church Cathedral
tile
18990306.100
Tile; earthenware; slightly concave brickware with white glaze and radiating shapes in brown, green and yellow. Made in: Spain (southern)
15thC-16thC

St Mary's Abbey, abbey chapter house
floor-tile
19470505.1326
Earthenware floor tile, lead-glazed; grotesque.
14thC-15thC

St Patrick's Cathedral
floor-tile
18870307.11097
Earthenware floor tile, lead-glazed.
14thC-15thC

St Patrick's Cathedral
floor-tile
18870307.111
Earthenware floor tile, lead-glazed.
14thC-15thC

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