- Museum number
Copper alloy and iron linch pin. Iron shank, rectangular in section, with two copper alloy terminals. Lower terminal slopes; upper terminal perforated, hole being defined at each end by an arch in high relief. Between the two arches, on one side only, is outline of pelta-like motif with a central raised ring enclosing seven dots- a 'berried rosette'. On top of the upper terminal is relief triskele motif, terminating in 'bird heads', surrounded by a raised beaded border. The triskele motif is typical of the ‘plastic style’ as it evolved in Britain. The lower terminal ends in a decorated disc, a smaller version of the design on the top; bottom of upper terminal is very slightly worn.
- Production date
- 300 BC - 200 BC (circa)
Length: 55 - 57 millimetres (shank)
Length: 119.20 millimetres
Weight: 191 grammes
Width: 28.40 millimetres (head, max)
Width: 15.40 millimetres (shank, max)
- Curator's comments
- One of a pair of linch pins found in the Kirkburn chariot burial, East Yorkshire (the other is 1987,0404.13).
- 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'
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Excavation/small finds number: KR/AY (find/site code)