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Unique ID: SUR-2ACFE5
Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published
Part of an openwork bridle cheekpiece of mid 11th century date. The object forms one side of a symmetrical cheekpiece and the thickness tapers inwards slightly from bottom to top. On the right hand side in the accompanying view is the edge of the circular aperture in which the end of the bit was fitted. The engraved ornament is in the Ringerike style, and describes an intertwined ribbon-like beast whose head is visible in profile at the top left. The body is formed of single and double strands and there is a terminating tendril at the bottom. The right hand side of the object together with the projecting bar and loop are all missing. The Ringerike style is the penultimate phase of late Viking-age art, and was used for most of the 11th century.
This object has been published in Geake (2006, 291; fig. 6f; see fig. 6g for a reconstruction drawing) and in Williams (2007, 3; fig. 3b).
This is a find of note and has been designated: Include in MedArch
Sub class: Williams Type 1
Current location of find: Donated to Elmbridge Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Donated to a museum
Length: 55 mm
Width: 34 mm
Thickness: 5 mm
Weight: 31.2 g
Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st October 2005
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Other reference: 05/758
Museum accession number: 4.2006
4 Figure: TQ0765
Four figure Latitude: 51.373984
Four figure longitude: -0.464124
1:25K map: TQ0765
1:10K map: TQ06NE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.
|Author||Publication Year||Title||Publication Place||Publisher||Pages||Reference|
|Geake, H.||2007||Medieval Britain and Ireland in 2006: Portable Antiquities Scheme report||Leeds||Maney||291||6f, 6g|
|Williams, D.||2007||Anglo-Scandinavian Horse Harness Fittings. FRG datasheet 39||London||Finds Research Group||3||3b|