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Ballyclog Bell - mystery objects

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Guess the object

This bronze hand bell dating from the 10th century is the first in 100 years to have an accurate location regarding its find location - ‘Ballyclog’, County Tyrone.

Thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, you can see the bell on display in the Saints and Scholars gallery of the Ulster Museum.

The following fragments from larger objects were found with the Ballyclog bell – can you guess what they were used for? Have a guess and then read on to find out if you are right – but don’t scroll down too quickly or the answer will be given away!

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Mystery Object A

Clue: Smoke gets in your eyes...

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This is the lid of a 12 century ‘censer’ missing its bowl. Charcoal in the bowl heated incense crystals releasing smoke and fragrance when swung from a set of chains in religious ceremonies.

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Mystery Object B

Clue: it's missing something...

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The 9th century brooch is not in great condition and is missing its pin. Brooches of this type were used as items of jewellery to secure clothes.

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Mystery Object C

Clue: Read this great blog from our friends at National Museums Scotland - can you find out what it was used for? 

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It is the hinge from a tiny house shaped shrine used as a container in church ceremonies. There were two hinges designed to hold a strap which allow the shrine to be carried around the neck.

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