Phil and Molly's Dublin Scenes HOMEPAGE

HOMEPAGE for all of Phil and Molly's Pics

2a. The National Museum of Ireland, Dublin - Archaeology & Early History

National Treasures of the Irish Nation

A wealth of wonderful galleries to explore in Kildare Street!

Some of the many National Treasures of the Irish Nation in the National Museum, Dublin

Scenes from DUBLIN CITY and surrounding area *  Dublin Scenes and Notes Index

This museum, in Kildare Street, IS A MUST TO VISIT. The bronze age gold objects are worth a visit in themselves!

The National Museum of Ireland in Kildare Street was officially opened in 1890 and was designed by the architects Thomas Newenham Deane and Thomas Many Deane. It has been described as 'an accomplished exercise in Victorian Palladianism' and the domed rotunda the highlight, through which you enter the museum. The classical columns are made of Irish marble. The interior is richly decorated with motifs visible in the civilisations of Greece and Rome.

The National Museum of Ireland, Dublin

The National Museum of Ireland, Dublin

There are many wonderful displays-exhibitions on prehistoric Ireland of archaeological artefacts from the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages. The gold objects from 2000-500BC are quite stunning and other displays show the development of Irish Art from the arrival of Celtic peoples to the beginning of the Medieval period about 1200AD. Christian artwork is exemplified by the Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Clonmacnoise Crozier. The Viking finds, the Iron Age 'bodies from the bog' and an Egyptian display of ancient objects from 5000BC to the Roman period in Egypt about 395AD further enhance a wonderful museum.

 


Some of the internal architecture details

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: The entrance foyer

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: The dome above the entrance foyer

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: The foyer entrance

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: The wonderful mosaic of animals on the floor of the entrance foyer.

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology:

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: The great hall with its fine ironwork supported roof.

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: Looking down on the prehistoric exhibits

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology:

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: The splendid decorative ironwork of the roof supports

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology:

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: The whole building is splendidly decorated particularly the doorways

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: One of the many mosaics on the floors of the building.

 


Some examples of the wonderful displays of prehistoric and historic objects (artefacts)

A quick selection from the varied galleries prehistoric and early historic artefacts

I've tried to assemble the pictures, 'roughly' in order of decreasing age

plus some bits and bobs' from ancient Rome, Cyprus and Egypt at the end

The exhibition of objects and artefacts in the National Museum illustrates the prehistoric development of Ireland from the Mesolithic period, Neolithic and bronze age cultures through to the iron age and Celtic tribes and on to the history of the early Christian church, Viking invasions and the coming of the Normans.

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Six ground stone axes from 7000-6000 BC, early Neolithic period in Ireland.

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: Neolithic stone axes, so smooth and perfect - perhaps for ceremonial purposes only?

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Mesolithic fish traps dating from ~5300 - 4730 BC (and a model boat from ~5300 - 5050 BC))

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: A stone spear head and stone pick, Neolithic period 4300-3900 BC

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Sample of jadeitite from Mont Vico, Italy. Four polished jadeitite axe heads from various locations in Ireland ~4000-3800 BC

 

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: An unfinished huge dugout canoe from ~2500 BC

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Decorated stones (2500 - 1700 BC, Neolithic or early bronze age)

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Three bronze axeheads from ~2200-1900 BC

 

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Gold lunula ~2000 BC

Lunula engraving detail

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: A simple decorated early bronze age bowl and Whitby jet button from a grave dated 2200-1800 BC

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Encrusted urn from a cist burial 1900-1700 BC

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: An encrusted urn and a vase urn from pit burials.

 

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland:  Gold torc, carefully twisted from a thin gold bar (1200 - 1000 BC)

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Gold ear rings 1200-1000 BC

 

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Gold armlets from a hoard dated 1200-1000 BC

 

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Gold bracelets 800-700 BC

 

detail of above bracelet

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Gold dress fasteners from 800-700 BC

detail of above

 

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland:  A gold dress fastener and an amber bead necklace (800 - 700 BC)

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland:  Gold dress fasteners (800 - 700 BC)

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland:  Gold ball ornaments from the later bronze age, they have holes in them and each is made from two sections welded together, maybe strung together like giant beads in a necklace

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: Gold collar 800-700 BC from Co. Tipperary

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: More gold collars ~800-700 BC

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Gold collar (800-700BC)

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Irish gold collar (800-700BC)

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Gold balls from the late bronze age date?

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: Finely decorated thin gold ornaments

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: Decorated gold discs

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: Gold ornament

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology:  Objects from a late bronze age hoard, including bracelets, dress fasteners and a gold disc (details above) with almost prefect concentric circles within larger circles of the disc (800-700 BC).

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Later bronze age metal working and musical instruments (1200 - 500 BC), bronze swords, spears (spear heads), axes (axe heads) and shields and quite sophisticated casting techniques to produce bronze horns.

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: Later bronze age shield detail

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: Bronze age sword details

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: Bronze Age-Iron Age horns

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: Left - bronze age spear head and sword. Right: Pottery from the Bronze Age

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Wooden block-wheel ~400 BC

 

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Gallagh Man is dated to 400 - 200 BC

 

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Clonycavan Man, an iron age bogman dated to 392-201 BC (~25 years old)

 

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Oldcroghan Man, an iron age bogman dated to 362-175 BC (~25 years old)

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: The Altartate Cauldron, 2nd century AD, made of poplar wood and yew handles

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Torcs of twisted gold, 3rd century BC to 3rd century AD ?

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: Illustrations of the 'Broighter Hoard' dating from the 1st century BC found at Broighter, Co. Derry. A magnificent array of objects including a tubular collar, miniature model gold boat, cauldron and a pair of twisted collars (torcs). The boat has a mast, rowing benches, oars and other fittings. The 'planks' the oarsmen would sit on are carefully riveted in place!

The Broighter Hoard, 1st century BC

 

The Broighter Hoard, 1st century BC

 

The Broighter Hoard, 1st century BC

 

The gold boat in the Broighter Hoard, 1st century BC

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Gold band or bronze necklet? later 1st century AD

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Twisted gold ribbon torc, 3rd century BC to 3rd century AD

 

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: The three faces of the carved stone head (1st - 2nd century AD)

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Roman silver ingots tableware, late 4th century  to early 5th century AD from Co. Limerick.

Detailed images below

EXOFFI ISATIS (from the workshop of Istatis?, 1st S reversed?)

 

corner of a tray?

 

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: Viking swords and axes

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: The Shrine of the Stowe Missal was made to contain an 8th century Mass-book and was regarded as a relic of St Maelruain, the patron saint of Lorrha, Co. Tipperary. It was redecorated in the 1370s by Philip O'Kennedy, King of Ormond and Gioola Ruadhan Ua Maccain, head of the Augustinian priory at Loorha.

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Above & below: Silver chalice (8th century AD)

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Silver chalice, 9th century AD, encrusted with precious stones and intricate details.

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Silver bossed penannular brooch and silver annular brooch (late 9th to early 10th century AD and 9th century)

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Left - Silver annular brooch 9th century AD. Right - late 8th early 9th century AD

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: St Patrick's Bell and Shrine, from Co. Armagh 6th-8th century AD and AD 1100

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Antler, bone and stone motif pieces, 5th - 11th centuries AD (details below)

 

 

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Book shrine (early 11th century)

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Above - shrine of copper alloy, gilt and enamelled (early 11th century). Below - leather satchel to hold it (15th century)

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Shrine of the Miosach (late 11th century AD)

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Left - Shrine of St Lachtin's arm (~1120 AD). Right - The Cross of Cong (early 12th century)

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: A 19th century replica of the 12th century St Manchan's Shrine. The original shrine was made to house the bones of St Manchan was probably made by the same individual who made the Cross of Cong (further down the page). Its ornament is known as the Hiberno-Urnes style - a blending of a late Viking art style with native Celtic Irish art.

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Virgin and Child (maybe Spanish ~1200AD)

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: A plaque image of crucified Christ flanked by the Virgin and St John made of ivory from the workshops of Paris in the 14th century.

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Shrine of St Patrick's tooth (mid 14th century)

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: In the museum's 'treasury' The Cross of Cong (early 12th century)

 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: Silver annular brooches. Left: 9th century AD from Killamery, Co. Kilkenny. Right: late 8th-early 9th century, found in Co. Cavan. In early medieval Ireland both sexes wore brooches to fasten their cloaks

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Four tile impressed pattern (14th-15th century, St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin)

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: The Dhomhnach Airgid ('silver church'), \oldest part 8th century AD, substantially remodelled in the mid-14th century.

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Carved stone panel depicting (late 15th - early 16th century)


Some extras!

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: Pottery from ancient Cyprus. On the right is jug of black-on-red ware, Cypro-Archaic 750-600 BC.

 

A few samples of Roman 'art'

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Marble head of Janus (Rome, 1st century AD)

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Marble relief panel depicting Pluto (Hades) abducting Persephone into the underworld (Rome, Italy, 1s2 - 2nd century AD)

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: Left - Limestone door jam of . Right - Limestone statue of Senemiah

 

A new exhibition for 2015 Battle of Clontarf 1014 Timeline and Brian Boru at the National Museum of Ireland - archaeology

 

National Archaeology Museum, Dublin, Ireland: a nice cafe too!

 

*

*

HOMEPAGE for all of Phil and Molly's PicsPhil and Molly's Dublin Scenes HOMEPAGEprevious page <-> next page

 Dublin Scenes and Notes Index

Dublin Irish Capital docspics Ireland images pictures photos Phil Brown * Holidays in Ireland, Holidays in Dublin, Luxury Hotels, Dublin City Centre Accommodation, Cheap Flights to Dublin, Dublin art galleries, Dublin museums, top tourist attractions in Dublin, tourism information for Dublin, guided bus tours of Dublin, guided walks of Dublin, pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in Dublin, classical music venues in Dublin, traditional music concerts in Dublin docspics images photos of National Museum - Archaeology Dublin in Ireland Dr Phil Brown Tourist information on National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, top tourist attractions near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin Things to do near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, What to see near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, Walks near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, weekend breaks near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin family holidays near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, Top tourist attractions near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, luxury hotels near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, self-catering holiday cottages flats near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, B&B near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, friendly pubs near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, cafes near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, eating out in fine restaurants near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, bargain holiday breaks near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, wining & dining weekends near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, touring coach tours including National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, pretty villages near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, historic towns near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, visiting museums near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, local art galleries near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, guided walks from National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, history of National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, architecture of National Museum - Archaeology Dublin trains to National Museum - Archaeology Dublin buses to National Museum - Archaeology Dublin coach tours to National Museum - Archaeology Dublin historic houses near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin historic churches near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin historic buildings near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin good places to eat near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin tourist attractions near National Museum - Archaeology Dublin tourist information for National Museum - Archaeology Dublin docspics images photos of National Museum - Archaeology Dublin in Ireland Dr Phil Brown Tourist information on National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, top tourist attractions in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin Things to do in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, What to see in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, Walks in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, weekend breaks in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin family holidays in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, Top tourist attractions in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, luxury hotels in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, self-catering holiday flats cottages in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, B&B in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, friendly pubs in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, cafes in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, eating out in fine restaurants in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, bargain holiday breaks in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, wining & dining weekends in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, touring coach tours including National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, pretty villages in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, historic towns in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, visiting museums in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, local art galleries in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, guided walks in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, history of National Museum - Archaeology Dublin, architecture of National Museum - Archaeology Dublin trains to National Museum - Archaeology Dublin buses to National Museum - Archaeology Dublin coach tours to National Museum - Archaeology Dublin historic houses in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin historic churches in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin historic buildings good places to eat in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin tourist attractions in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin tourist information for things to do and see in National Museum - Archaeology Dublin

LONDON Scenes and Notes IRELAND - IRISH Scenes and Notes Selected Views of IRELAND SELECTED DUBLIN VIEWS CAMBRIDGE City England Images & Notes Scenes from PARIS, capital city of France NORTHUMBRIA, Co. DURHAM and NEWCASTLE Scenes and Notes DOC BROWN'S CHEMISTRY HOMEPAGE
Email Docs Pics CZECH REPUBLIC PRAGUE Pictures and Notes City of OXFORD Scenes & Notes HUNGARY BUDAPEST Gyor Pictures and Notes SCOTLAND - SCOTTISH Scenes and Notes LAKE DISTRICT PICTURES of England's Northern Lakeland YORK Scenes and Notes

TOP OF PAGE