A copper-alloy pin with a kite-shaped head found near Caistor, Lincolnshire. (c) Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC BY-SA 2.0
Kite-Shaped Pin (PUBLIC-D9CE19)
A copper-alloy pin with a kite-shaped head found near Caistor, Lincolnshire
This incomplete copper-alloy and niello pin is composed of a flat kite-shaped head with small rounded knop protrusion to three points. Both faces of the head are decorated with a cross that radiates to a narrow border and is inlaid with niello. These types of pins are generally considered to be of Irish origin and imported through Viking activities.