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Identifier: archaeologyprehi00wils
Title: The archaeology and prehistoric annals of Scotland
Year: 1851 (1850s)
Authors: Wilson, Daniel, Sir, 1816-1892
Publisher: Edinburgh : Sutherland & Knox
Contributing Library: National Library of Scotland
Digitizing Sponsor: National Library of Scotland

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o those which characterize the British horse furniture andother native relics of this period. One of its most remarkable pecu-liarities is, that it opens and shuts by means of a hinge, being claspedwhen closed by a pin which passes through a double catch at the lineintersecting the ornament; and so perfect is it that it can still beopened and secured with ease. It is probable that this also shouldrank among the ornaments of the head, though it differs in some im-portant Iespects from any other object of the same class. The ovalwhich it forms is not only too small to encircle the head, but it willbe observed from the engraving that its greatest length is from sideto side, the internal measurements being five and nine-tenth inchesby five and one-tenth inches. Montfaucon, Vallancey, and other continental and Iri>ji antiquaries,have traced the original of the lunar head-oi laments to the well-known head-dress so common in Egyptian sculpture, and, following Primeval Antiixiities, p. 64.

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452 THE TEUTONIC OR IRON PERIOD. out their favourite Druidical theories, have assumed them to be thespecial badge of the Druid priests.^ There are not wanting, however,traces of ancient customs among the races of Northern Europe whichwould lead us rather to assign them as a part of female adornment,as Mr. Birch has already done to the analogous gorgets, so nearlyresembling them in form.^ The maiden coronet, or tire for the hair,in use among the northern races of Europe, and its correspondenceto the snood or cockernonie of Scottish maidens, are veiy happilyillustrated in Mr. Robert Jamiesons notes to Child Axelvold.^One of the most touching passages of the old northern ballad derivesits chief beauty from the allusion to the ancient usage of the maidenhead-dress,— Lang stuid she, the proud EUdc, Nor answerd ever a word;Her cheeks sae richly-red afore, Grew haw as ony eard.She doflPed her studded stemmiger, And will of rede she stuid :• I bure nae bairn, sae help me God, But and our

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