Oldest football to take cup trip
The world's oldest football was sent to Germany on April 27 for the World Cup.
The 450-year-old ball will form the centrepiece of an exhibition on the history of the sport.
Staff at its current home in Stirling's Smith Museum has sent the delicate artefact to the Museum fur Volkerkunde in Hamburg.
The ball was once the property of Mary Queen of Scots and museum bosses in Germany were keen to display it after deeming it the oldest in existence.
"The Germans have decided, from all the evidence, that our ball is the oldest football in the world and it will be the centrepiece of this huge exhibition," said the Smith Museum's collection manager Michael McGinnes.
The 16th century ball is made from a pig's bladder and the cover constructed from pieces of thick deer leather and tightly laced together.
Mr McGinnes added: "We can't prove that Mary Queen of Scots played with the ball."
Mr McGinnes has taken the ball on a flight from Prestwick to Lubeck Airport, near Hamburg.
In Germany, the ball received a traditional Scots welcome by being piped into the exhibition.
It will remain overseas for the duration of this summer's World Cup and it is expected to be returned home in mid-September.