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Medieval eel spear or leister. Fish was a regular dish in medieval Scotland as the church forbade the eating of meat during Lent and on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Herring, pike, salmon and bream were commonly eaten as well as eels, which were caught in lochs with wicker eel traps and barbed eel spears.
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16th Century-17th Century
l 400mm (l 15 3/4")
w 170mm (w 6 11/16")
d 40mm (d 1 9/16")
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