Two Warriors on the

Cumdach of the Stowe Missal, Sinister side, Ireland, 1025–52AD


Source: Irish Script on Screen


Source: Archaeoethnologica
Larger black & white images:
The 1st figure on the sinister side of the Cumdach of the Stowe Missal
The 2nd figure on the sinister side of the Cumdach of the Stowe Missal



Referenced on p102, Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350, Western Europe and the Crusader States by David Nicolle


249A-B Cumdach of the Stowe Missal, Ireland, 11th-12th centuries (Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, Ireland)
This cumdach or gilded bronze book-container shows two 'native' or Gaelic Irish warriors armed in traditional style. Neither wear armour or helmets. One is armed with a remarkably short sword with a somewhat conical pommel (A) while the other holds a small round convex buckler with a large boss while wielding a broad-bladed spear.



Illustrations of Irish Costume & Soldiers
11th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers