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Bute mazer Bute mazer  

This feasting cup, held in the National Museum of Scotland, known as the Bute or Bannantyne mazer, is the oldest and probably the most important Scottish mazer to survive.

This ornate vessel may have been used by King Robert the Bruce and his most powerful allies during celebrations at High Steward’s Castle at Rothesay on the Island of Bute in the 1320s. As a communal drinking cup, it would have been passed from guest to guest, during the feasting.

The metal boss on the Bute mazer is decorated with a lion and six heraldic shields, thought to represent King Robert Bruce and some of his supporters, including Walter the High Steward and Sir James Douglas. The bowl is made of maplewood. The foot, the six ornamental hinged straps and the rim are all silver.

 

 

 

 

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