Unique ID: SF9195

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find validated and published by finds advisers

Unusual object which appears to be an annular brooch. Four sides of an originally hexagonal frame survive, with a D-shaped cross-section; internally the brooch is circular. In the centre of one side is a projecting human head modelled in the round, with hair cut in a square shape to frame the face. The features are strongly and severely modelled, with big relief eyebrows meeting the top of the flattish triangular nose, lower-relief eyes, cheeks and chin, and a line for the mouth. A short neck connects the head to the frame of the brooch, which resembles stylised shoulders and angled arms. At one 'elbow' is a broken pin constriction. The opposite 'elbow' has no corresponding pin rest. Beyond this corner, the frame narrows to the next. Here the frame has broken at a bifurcation, perhaps originally a small loop, which looks a little like a hand. A plausible reconstruction has each 'hand' holding a bar which completes the frame, but no parallel has been found to check this. All breaks are old and worn.

Class: annular


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: AD 1066
Date to: AD 1540

Dimensions and weight

Length: 37 mm
Width: 26 mm
Thickness: 7 mm
Weight: 5.68 g
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st February 2002

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Helen Geake - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Dr Helen Geake - [view all attributed records]

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Incomplete [scope notes | view all attributed records]

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Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern
County: Suffolk
District: Waveney
To be known as: BLUNDESTON

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector [scope notes]
General landuse: Other[scope notes]
Specific landuse: Unknown[scope notes]

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Created: Thursday 22nd August 2002
Updated: Thursday 24th February 2011

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