BUC-58AFA4: Early Medieval Button Brooch

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Unique ID: BUC-58AFA4

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A copper alloy Early Medieval button brooch, with surface gilding. The brooch is circular and has a raised lip around the circumference. The decoration is in the form of a stylised male face with moustache. The nose / moustache divides the surface into four areas: two wider side areas containing two concentric semicircular lines and an inner dot (possibly representing eyes), an area enclosed by a semi-circular shape with a central dot (possibly representing a mouth) and a smaller area containing one curved line. On the reverse the brooch is flat apart from the worn remains of a lug for attachment of a pin across the diameter of the brooch. Gilding remains on the upper surface only.

Class: button

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.4 mm
Weight: 1.7 g
Diameter: 14.53 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 11th September 2005

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Windsor and Maidenhead (Unitary Authority)
District: Windsor and Maidenhead (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Temple

Spatial coordinates

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

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
MacGregor, A. and Bolick, E. 1993 A summary catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon collections (non-ferrous metals), Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Oxford Tempvs Reparatum 54-5 3.2 and 2.6

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BUC
Created: 15 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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