Achavrail Armlet

Contributed by Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Achavrail Armlet c the Highland Council, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

This bronze armlet is a declaration of wealth and power from the 1st or 2nd century AD.The armlet is decorated in a style common in Celtic communities in Europe and is made of bronze- an alloy of copper and tin. While Copper is fairly common in the north of Scotland, the tin would have been traded from as far away as Cornwall. This armlet would have been bright coppery gold in colour with red glass or enamel 'buttons' in each of the two empty circles. It was a symbol of wealth and power. Heavy armlets like this are only found in the north-east of Scotland and this is one of the finest examples. It was found in 1901 by a crofter who was ploughing. He initially threw it aside but eventually took it to the museum at Dunrobin in Sutherland. It has been in Inverness Museum and Art Gallery since 1987.

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