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Unique ID: HAMP-7207CE

Object type certainty: Certain
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A cast copper alloy anthropomorphic mount 25.5mm in length and 29.9mm wide, 4.2mm thick. The mount is convex with a facing anthropomorphic mask flanked by large horns which curve out and downward, terminating in rounded knops. The horns are infilled with bands of incised linear decoration which follow the contours of the horns. The face has lenticular eyes with downward angled exterior edges which merge into the side of the face. Beneath these eyes is a moustache, with pointed ens which run downward along the lower margin of the eyes. The head rests on a rounded collar decorated with vertical incised lines, below which is a tubular convex neck decorated with transverse incised lines. To either side of this neck is a rounded lobe with a tri-lobed decoration in a central panel; these retain traces of a silver inlay or coating which has most flaked away. The outer edges of both lobes are damaged as is the lower end of the neck, suggesting lost elements to the object. There is a single rivet hole in a loop projecting from the top of the head which is flanked by S-shaped scroll ornament running in from the top of the horns. The reverse of the object is concave along the mid line and has no traces of fittings aside from the single rivet loop at the top.


Possibly a decorative mount from a stave-built wooden vessel. Based on the art style and the depiction of the face this object seems likely to be of mid first millennium date and probably of Irish origin.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 450
Date to: Exactly AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 25.5 mm
Width: 29.9 mm
Thickness: 4.2 mm
Weight: 4.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 11th October 2020

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with metal

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Winchester (District)
Parish or ward: Itchen Valley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU5131
Four figure Latitude: 51.07606652
Four figure longitude: -1.27339262
1:25K map: SU5131
1:10K map: SU53SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: 12 months ago
Updated: 12 months ago

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