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Unique ID: WMID2968

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Hook escutcheon from a hanging bowl The hook is cast in one piece with the escutcheon. The hook protrudes from a semi-circular collar which is undecorated. The hook element is worn therefore the detail of the zoomorphic decoration is lost. However, the moulding changes from being sub-oval in section to being sub-triangular before becoming a rounded, blunt terminal. The body of the escutcheon is decorated with inter-connecting pelta shapes. The pelta shapes are formed by simplistic spirals. Either side of the hook there is a distinctive 'e' styled spiral. In the field of these two spirals are traces of a red enamel. A further six spirals form the pelta shapes. Between each of the six spirals is a high relief cross-hatched 'hour glass' shape. The two spirals, which are next to the 'e' shaped spirals, are dived with high relief lozenge shapes instead. At the centre of the escutcheon is a sub-circular openwork within a circular shape. It seems likely that originally this circular frame formed a cell, and now the floor of the cell has corroded. The whole body of the escutcheon has a high-relief border with traces of silvering on the body, and the 'e' shaped spirals. The reverse of the hook-escutcheon is slightly concave. The surface is pitted and corroded. The hook-escutcheon was soldered to the bowl.


With thanks to Helen Geake, Marina Elwes, Kevin Leahy, and Susan Youngs for help with identifying and recording the item.

Class: hanging bowl


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 550
Date to: Circa AD 700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 55.42 mm
Width: 40.14 mm
Weight: 24.28 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st November 2000

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Angie Bolton
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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

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Created: 18 years ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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