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Scanned image of a watercolour drawing of a weaving comb. Annotated 'Nybster Broch. J N'.Watercolour of a weaving comb, entitled: 'Nybster Broch'.

SC 876702

Description Scanned image of a watercolour drawing of a weaving comb. Annotated 'Nybster Broch. J N'.Watercolour of a weaving comb, entitled: 'Nybster Broch'.

Date c. 1890 to 1920

Collection John Nicolson

Catalogue Number SC 876702

Category On-line Digital Images

Scope and Content Watercolour of a bone weaving comb from Nybster broch, Caithness, Highland Nybster broch is located above cliffs on a promontory south of the village of Auckengill, between John O' Groats and Wick on the north-east coast of Caithness. The broch and the associated outbuildings were excavated by Sir Francis Tress Barry (1825-1907) in 1895-96. This watercolour by John Nicolson (1843-1934) shows a bone weaving comb from Nybster that would have been used in textile working. The elaborate decoration on the body of the comb suggests that it was of some importance to the user. Nicolson was born in Stemster, John O' Groats, and lived at Nybster for most of his life. He was a skilled sculptor and artist with a keen interest in the archaeology of the area and assisted with many of Barry's excavations. Nicolson also helped build a monument at the site of the broch to commemorate Barry's excavations which can still be seen today. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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Collection Level (551 146) John Nicolson

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