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IRISH ANTIQUITY

Object Name

Bulla

Date Made

950 - 800 BC
950 - 800 BC

Description

This Bulla, found near Downpatrick, takes the form of a tiny purse or bag, which is sometimes described as heart-shaped. It has two main parts; the body and a tubular 'top' open at both ends, by which it could have been suspended on a cord or chain. The main edge of the bag, where the front and back faces meet, is decorated with a band of 12 parallel, twisted gold wires. Similar bands of decoration occur round the tubular 'top' section. The front face of the bulla is decorated with a series of inscribed concentric circles at the centre of each is a raised gold stud. The back face is plain.

Materials

metal : gold (greater than 85%)

Place Collected

Northern Ireland: County Down: Inch
Inch

Date Collected

05/10/2008
05/10/2008

Catalogue Number

BELUM.A2010.2

Copyright

National Museums NI