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Originally thought to be part of a garment, possibly a jerkin, the shape and construction of this fragment is more like the saddlecloth or skirt of a saddle. Two grotesque figures and vine leaf are incised into the leather. Little is known of the construction of medieval saddles and surviving archaeological examples are rare. Although its shape is similar to 1600s saddle skirts its decoration is typical of the 1200s or 1300s. One of many pieces of leatherwork that were excavated from the moat at Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries and Galloway, during the 1950s. The leather finds from Caerlaverock are considered to be the finest surviving pieces of medieval leatherwork in Scotland.
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14th Century
375 x 270 x 20mm
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