Pictish Scabbard

Approx. Period: 750 BC
Length: 0.50m Width: 0.08m

The Pictish warrior would probably carry a sword, spear and a small shield, or buckler. Most of the foot soldiers would be barefoot and possibly painted or decorated with symbolic and animal tattoos of tribal significance. There is also evidence that the hierarchy was often wealthy with richly embossed weapons and jewellery.

The scabbard has a wooden frame bound with leather and fitted with a bronze chape at the base. The tooled leather of the scabbard is decorated with symbolic design. The bronze chape is embossed with the depiction of a fish and the curved shape indicates the rounded end of the sword blade.