A Descriptive Catalogue of the Antiquities in the Museum of the Royal Irish Academy: Vol. I. Articles of Stone, Earthen, Vegetable, and Animal Materials; and of Copper and Bronze, Volume 1

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Royal Irish Academy House, Dawson-Street., 1863 - Archaeology - 641 pages
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Page 606 - In the Proceedings and Papers of the Kilkenny and South-East of Ireland Archaeological Society...
Page 270 - Wi' their gowd kames in their hair." An ancient Irish long rack C. is in the museum of the royal Irish academy. The sides are hog-backed, and between them are set the pectinated portions, varying in breadth from half an inch to an inch and a quarter, according to the size of the bone out of which they were cut. The whole is fastened together with brass pins riveted. By this contrivance, any damaged portion could easily be replaced.
Page 528 - Ainsicen' — so called, because it was the caire or cauldron which was used to return his own proper share to each and no party ever went away from it unsatisfied; for whatever quantity was put into it there was never boiled of it but what was sufficient for the company according to their grade or rank.
Page 221 - ... but submerged in winter. These were enlarged and fortified by piles of oaken timber, and in some cases by stone-work. A few were approached by moles or causeways, but, generally speaking, they were completely insulated and only accessible by boat ; and it is notable that in almost every instance an ancient canoe was discovered in connection with the crannoge. Being thus insulated, they afforded secure places of retreat from the attacks of enemies, or were the fastnesses of predatory chiefs or...
Page 638 - ... when you have those singularly beautiful curves — more beautiful, perhaps, in the parts that are not seen than in those that meet the eye— whose beauty, revealed in shadow more than in form — you have a peculiar characteristic — a form of beauty which belongs to no nation but our own, and to no portion of our nation but the Keltic portion.
Page 315 - The clothing in use is a loose mantle, made fast with a clasp, or, when that cannot be had, with a thorn. Naked in other respects, they loiter away whole days by the fireside. The rich wear a garment, not, indeed, displayed and flowing, like the Parthians, or the people of Sarmatia, but drawn so tight, that the form of the limbs is palpably expressed.
Page 222 - The circumference of the circle was formed by upright posts of black oak, measuring from six to eight feet in height; these were mortised into beams of a similar material, laid flat upon the marl and sand beneath the bog, and nearly sixteen feet below the present surface. The upright posts were held together by connecting crossbeams, and (said to be) fastened by large iron nails ; parts...
Page 179 - This beautiful little urn stands but 2 inches high, and is 3| across the outer margin of the lip, which is the widest portion. Its decoration consists of nine sets of upright marks, each containing three cross-barred elevations, narrowing towards the base, which is slightly hollowed ; the intervals between these are filled with more...
Page 319 - His noble garment was first brought to him, namely, a strong, well-formed, closeridged, defensively-furrowed, terrific, neat-bordered, new-made, and scarletred cassock of fidelity; he expertly put on that gold-bordered garment which covered him as far as from the lower part of his soft, fine, red-white neck, to the upper part of his expert, snow-white, round-knotted knee. Over that mantle he put on a full-strong, white-topped, wide-round, goldbordered, straight, and parti-coloured coat of mail, well-fitting,...
Page 232 - ... in his country, which from the sea there come neither ship nor boat to approach them; it is thought that there in the said fortified islands lyeth all his plate, which is...

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