SOM-C97807: Early Medieval Cheek Piece Bridle Fitting (Probably)

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Unique ID: SOM-C97807

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete cast copper-alloy bridle cheek-piece of 11th-century date. The fragment measures 52mm by 27.8mm by 5.6mm and weighs 36.9g. It is very worn but there is are two old breaks at one end; between these is part of the original central circular hole for the bit. There is a decorative circular opening. One face is decorated with the head of a Ringerike-style beast in profile, facing right, with a flowing mane. Such decoration suggests that this is a type 1 cheek piece (see for example BH-FEBCD7, a broad parallel from Ware, Hertfordshire). The reverse face, has two concave mouldings, but is otherwise undecorated. Although this example is rather thick, both Kevin Leahy and David Williams have confirmed the identification. Williams suggests that the object is likely to date to the mid 11th century and is typical of its type. Compare SOMDOR-ED68B8 for a better-preserved cheek-piece from Somerset, with incised Ringerike-style decoration.

Class: cheekpiece
Sub class: Williams Type 1

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 52 mm
Width: 27.8 mm
Thickness: 5.6 mm
Weight: 36.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 28th March 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Naomi Payne
Identified by: Dr Naomi Payne
Secondary identifier: Dr Kevin Leahy

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Entry 020228

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

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

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
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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