Measurements: 64 cm - length


Description: An impressive long Celtic pin, a very unique and rare piece. A sphere surmounts the needle-thin body and it features intricate ribbing below on a bulbous terminal, which likely served as a handle for this instrument. Its purpose  is difficult to ascertain since there are no comparable pieces of such enormous size. Smaller pins of this type were used for fastening clothes, as cloak pins. Yet, this pin might have served as some sort of a meat skewer or a fire poker.


References: MacGregor, A., Antiquities from Europe and the Near East in the collection of the Lord MacAlpine of West Green, 1987, Fig. 13.8.


Period: 8th – 7th cent BC


Condition: Very fine, intact, with green patina and slightly pitted surface.

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