BUC-DC8057: Medieval Stirrup strap mount

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STIRRUP

Unique ID: BUC-DC8057

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A copper alloy stirrup-strap mount of Williams' Class A, Type 10a (Williams 1997 p 53). The pear-shaped mount of 11th century date is extensively decorated in the Urnes style in niello with silver wire inlay. The ornament depicts a curling serpent-like beast whose head with pointed oval eyes forms the apex of the mount. The body bifurcates at a spiral hip joint; the body continues in a series of loops and appears to terminate in a scroll to the left of the hip. The other limb appears to end in a foot at the bottom left-hand corner, but this detail is unclear. Possibly two secondary snake-like forms intertwine with the main beast; the head and eye of one appears on the right-hand outer edge. The curling tails of these secondary creatures form a pair of attachment holes on the shoulders of the mount. Fig..b is an attempt to interpret the ornament. There is a single copper alloy rivet in the flange together with the corroded remains of the iron fitting which is normally found in this position. This mount differs from others of this Type in a number of respects. Firstly the extensive use of niello is unprecedented in the corpus of these mounts. Here it is used to infill the spaces between the main forms rather than forming the creatures themselves. The second unique feature is the lack of an apex attachment loop and its replacement with a pair of shoulder loops which are both integral with the ornament. The use of a copper alloy, rather than iron, rivet is also unusual. (text by D.Williams)

This stirrup-strap mount has been published by Geake (2006, 278; fig. 2a).

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Class: strap mount
Sub class: Williams Class A, Type 10A (variant)

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Scandinavian
Date from: AD 1000
Date to: AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 64.87 mm
Width: 29.39 mm
Thickness: 4.85 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 5th March 2006

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Ros Tyrrell
Identified by: David Williams
Secondary identifier: Ms Ros Tyrrell

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with niello

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Buckinghamshire (County)
District: Aylesbury Vale (District)
To be known as: CHILTERN

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: at a Weekend Wanderers event
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BUC
Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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