- Museum number
Iron bell encased within a copper-alloy shrine (see record 1854,0714.6.B). The bell was brazed and is now much corroded across its surface. It is also incomplete, missing the 'clapper' inside and a handle. The bell is associated with St. Cuileáin of Glankeen, County Tipperary and is sometimes called 'Bearnán Cuileáin' or 'Glankeen Bell'.
- Production date
7thC-8thC (iron bell)
12thC (brass shrine)
Height: 30 centimetres (incl shrine)
- Curator's comments
Pers. comm. Niamh Whitfield on pronunciation (logged in object file):
"‘Bar-nawn (to rhyme with ’sawn' ) ‘Cool-loin’. The nominative of the name is actually ‘Cúlán’ (Cool-lawn’). Cúláin is the genitive - the gapped bell of Cúlán."
Murray, G., 2016. The Bearnán Chúláin bell-shrine from Glenkeen, Co. Tipperary: an archaeological and historical analysis. Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society 121, 19-27
- On display (G41/dc16/sB)
- Exhibition history
2015-2016 24 Sep-31 Jan, London, BM, G30, 'Celts: Art and Identity'
2011 23 June-9 Oct, London, BM, 'Treasures of Heaven'
2011 13 Feb-8 May, Baltimore, Walters Museum of Art, 'Treasures of Heaven'
2010-2011 17 Oct-6 Jan, Ohio, Cleveland Museum of Art, 'Treasures of Heaven'
1992 26 Dec-1993 14 Mar, Denmark, Copenhagen, Nationalmuseet, Vikings and Christians
1992 1 Sep-15 Nov, Germany, Berlin, Altes Museum, Wikinger, Waräger, Normannen. Die Skandinavier und Europa 800-1200
1992 1 Apr-20 Jul, France, Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Les Vikings... Les Scandinaves et l’Europe 800-1200
1980 4 Oct-1981 4 Jan, USA, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Vikings
1980 19 Feb-20 July, London, BM, The Vikings
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number