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  • Description

    Copper alloy front plate of a sword-sheath or scabbard, with campanulate mouth and median ridge running down the length of the plate. The front plate terminates in a cast copper alloy chape. The surface is decorated with incised symmetrical curvilinear decoration, representing the later stages of the Irish 'sword style'.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 300 BC - 200 BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Type series

    • La Tène II
  • Dimensions

    • Length: 548 millimetres
    • Width: 41 millimetres (top)
    • Thickness: 19.6 millimetres (max, including mount)
    • Weight: 387 grammes (including mount)
  • Bibliography

    • Raftery 1983 No.261-2, p.98-9, figs.107, 111, 112 bibliographic details
    • Armstrong 1923 p.4-10, fig 2 bibliographic details
    • Wakeman 1884 p378 (no. 4), p389-391 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G50/dc9

  • Exhibition history

    2016 11 Mar- 25 Sep, Edinburgh, National Museum of Scotland, Celts.
    2015-2016 24 Sep-31 Jan, London, BM, G30, 'Celts: Art and Identity' 2009 Aug-Nov, Newcastle, Great North Museum, 'Lindow Man'

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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