Metalwork - The Ardagh Chalice

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Metalwork - The Ardagh Chalice

The Ardagh Chalice is believed to date from the 8th Century and is one of the finest examples of Celtic metalwork ever to be discovered. The craftsmanship employed in the creation of the Chalice and brooches shows an outstanding degree of technical knowledge and competence and there are more than 250 separate parts.

Finds from the Tarbat Monastic workshops suggest that similar objects may well have been in production here during the same period.

The original Chalice can be seen in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin.

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