SOMDOR-BAB5A0: Early Medieval Stirrup Strap Mount

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A worn and corroded cast copper alloy stirrup strap mount of probable eleventh century date. The mount measures 38.3mm by 25.9mm by 6.1mm and weighs 18.9g. It is loosely pentagonal with a central loop at the upper end and a backwards angled flange at the base, which is perforated by two attachment holes. The front is moulded to resemble a human mask and the back is flat and undecorated. The face is worn, but pointed oval eyes set within a larger border, a straight mouth and nose and a slightly projecting chin are discernible. This stirrup strap mount is of Williams' Class A, Type 9. The closest parallel in Williams' Classification and Catalogue is no. 165 (pp. 51-2).


This item has been donated to the Somerset County Museum (accession no. TTNCM 135/2007/2).

Class: strap mount
Sub class: Williams Class A, Type 9

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Donated to a museum


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Date from: AD 1000
Date to: AD 1099

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 38.3 mm
Width: 25.9 mm
Thickness: 6.1 mm
Weight: 18.93 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 8th December 2006

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Naomi Payne
Identified by: Dr Naomi Payne

Other reference numbers

Museum accession number: TTNCM 135/2007/2

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Sedgemoor (District)
To be known as: Puriton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

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Recording Institution: SOMDOR
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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