NMGW-4B2431: Figurine

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Unique ID: NMGW-4B2431

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper alloy zoomorphic figurine, probably a weight in the form of a horse, now damaged and incomplete, represented by the front of the animal (with a surviving length of 32.5mm, a maximum surviving height of 22.1mm and a weight of 20.4g). The legs of the horse survive as short stubs and are projecting forward, suggesting the horse may have been depicted running. The figurine has a maximum width across the shoulders of 10.0mm. The mane is evident along the neck of the horse and the recessed eyes are discernible but all other surface detail has been lost.

The find can be closely paralleled with a more complete bronze horse figurine from Ludgvan in Cornwall (CORN-A6D554), interpreted as a probable Scandinavian weight of 14th century date. They appear to be the first found outside Scandinavia.

Class: Zoomorphic


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 32.5 mm
Width: 10 mm
Weight: 20.4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st January 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Sian Williams
Identified by: Mr Mark Lodwick
Secondary identifier: Dr Helen Geake

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMWPA 2007.173

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)

References cited

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Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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