The History of Leith

September 6, 2008

Monymusk Reliquary


The Monymusk Reliquary is an eighth century Scottish reliquary made of wood and metal characterised by a Insular fusion of Gaelic and Pictish design and Anglo-Saxon metalworking, probably by Ionan monks. Believed to be the Brecbennoch of St. Columba, a sacred battle ensign of the Scottish army, it was used for saintly assistance by Scots in battle. Also known in modern Gaelic as Breac Bannoch or “embossed peaked-thing”. Very few Insular reliquaries survive, although many are mentioned in contemporary records. for more click here

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