Our Dunadd Brooch: Where does it come from?By AnnaLouise
Our Dunadd Brooch: Where does it come from?
As many of you know all our products are based on or influenced by archaeological finds from across Europe from centuries past. Our latest Asgard reproduction is the Dunadd Brooch. It was originally discovered in Dunadd, Argyll. The finished brooch was not recovered, however the clay moulds (pictured below) were found around the royal hill fort instead. The moulds have two halves and once tightly fitted together, molten metal would have been poured into it to create the rough casting. This would have then been cleaned up, polished and set with precious stones or glass cabochons.
(Photo credit: National Museum of Scotland)
Archaeological digs at Dunadd have uncovered strong evidence of wealth and prominence through the numerous finds of prestigious jewellery, ornaments and precious metal moulds and crucibles. This has led archaeologists to believe that Dunadd was in fact the capital of the early ancient Gael Kingdom Dalriada. Scholars argue that other archaeological finds throughout Scotland and Ireland from places such as St Ninians Isle and Clatchard Craig evidence the idea of mixed craft traditions between the high-status Gaels, Picts and Irish (Swift, 2013, pp.9).
To make our Dunadd Brooch Jim first studied impressions in the original mould to find out what it would have looked like when cast. He then constructed a master piece based on his research so we could make our own moulds. Once cast, our brooch is cleaned up by hand, and then polished, before being set with glass stones, and a pin added. It really is a striking piece of jewellery.
It will soon be available on the website, but you can find our other brooches here: https://www.asgard.scot/shop/viking-brooches
Swift, C. (2013). Pictish brooches and Pictish hens. 1st ed. Rosemarkie: Groam House Museum.