The ‘Tara’ brooch, Bettystown, Co. Meath. 8th century AD
2002:55 Replica by Joseph Johnson (?)
The original ‘Tara’ brooch is made of gilt silver and is decorated with gold filigree animals, gold foil, glass studs, amber and enamel. The woven silver wire guard-chain is attached to a swivel decorated with cast snake- and animal heads and two tiny human heads of cast blue glass.
The back shows triskele devices cut into polished silver to expose the copper beneath. The amber studs on the front have tiny gold beads at their centres.