The Wallace Collection

Talks and Lectures

Treasure of the Month: Treasure of the Month: The Bell of St Mura

Wednesday 21st March, 2018

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Price: Admission Free

Ages: All Ages

Lecturer: Ada de Wit 

This hand bell is reputed to have come from the Abbey of Fahan, County Donegal, Ireland, where St Mura (c. 550 - 645) was the first abbot. The bronze body of the bell was probably made at Kells, County Meath, the great centre of art and monastic life in Ireland, with further layers of decoration applied in successive stages. The earliest is an Irish style of Viking ornament, visible in the bottom right corner where a later piece has become detached.
Sir Richard Wallace, who bought the bell in 1879, must have appreciated not only the historical and artistic qualities of the object but also its Irish provenance. He owned large estates in County Antrim in Northern Ireland and took his responsibilities as a landowner very seriously, becoming the principal benefactor of the city of Lisburn.

Free but tour numbers are strictly limited to 25 people per tour and will be given on a first come first served basis.