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BOOK FITTING

Unique ID: NMS-41B875

Object type certainty: Possibly
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A copper alloy book fitting or furniture fitting. Comprising an appliqué male figure, probably a saint, worn and corroded and bent in half. A hollow backed half-round standing figure with fully-round head, cast features, and settings missing from the eyes. The folds of his robes form cells for enamel, with decayed greenish white and white traces surviving. Details of the figure’s dress are obscured by a secondary fold forward of the head and the upper part onto the lower face. However there appears to be a rectangular panel on the figure’s breast, possibly a book, above oblique lines, possibly an arm or hand. The semi-circular base of the robe is chamfered. Measures 25mm x (unbent) 72mm. The figure is pierced by two rivet-holes. Cf. the drawing of a similar although incomplete figure (head missing) from Hevingham (HER 7633) and a more complete example from Swaffham (HER 28567), the digit of another complete but distorted figure from Wiggenhall St Germans (HER 22102), and Enamels of Limoges 1100-1350 (1996), no.49 for a figure of Christ with the folds of His robes enamelled in a similar manner. Late 12th-early 13th century.

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1175
Date to: AD 1225

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 72 mm
Width: 25 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st January 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Becky Crawford
Identified by: Mr Steven Ashley

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk (District)
To be known as: Sedgeford

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Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Updated: 7 years ago

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