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38 39 Dated to the early eighth century this attractive silver brooch was found in Hunterston, Ayrshire in Strathclyde. Five inches across it is one of the foremost examples of Celtic goldsmith art in the country. The front is decorated with pieces of amber the hunterston Brooch a tenth century masterpiece inlay and gilded sections of expert filigree gold work within which animals and snakes are detailed. The partly legible Scandinavian runes are dated to the tenth century with the first fifteen naming the Celtic owner and translating as Melbrigda owns this brooch. This finely crafted piece of expert workmanship can be seen at the national Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
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