LEIC-1768B3: Early medieval gold bead fragment

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Unique ID: LEIC-1768B3

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

Early Medieval gold flattened bead or suspension loop from a pendant. The object consists of an incomplete sub rectangular gold sheet with applied wire decoration. An outside border is made from two twisted unbeaded wires and there is a pair of similar two-ply twisted wires arranged to form a plait-like motif across what may originally have been the centre of the bead or loop. Either side of the possible central plait are two joined spirals forming an S shape, again made of unbeaded applied gold wire; and to one side of one of the S-shapes is the possible traces of a further two-ply twisted rope border running at right angles to the others. The decorated part of the object has a distinct semi-circular section along part of its length which suggests it may have been a cylindrical bead with a line of twisted wire down the edges and across the bottom, a double line in the centre, and S-shaped scrolls to either side. Alternatively, it may have been a suspension loop from a pendant, although it is perhaps rather large for this.

Biconical gold beads of the 7th century are usually made from wound wire soldered to a sheet base. Other examples of beads with filigree motifs on a sheet gold backplate include LIN-18EEC1 (2011T691). Five of the cabochon garnet pendants from the late 7th-century Desborough necklace have suspension loops decorated with filigree motifs (Webster and Backhouse (eds) 1991, no. 13).

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Melton Carnegie Museum Melton Mowbray
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2009T419


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon style
Date from: AD 600
Date to: AD 720

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 18 mm
Width: 16 mm
Thickness: 1 mm
Weight: 1.67 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 3rd August 2009

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: EN9927
Treasure case number: 2009T419
Museum accession number: X.A134.2010

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Melton (District)
To be known as: nr Melton

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
Current location: Melton Carnegie Museum Melton Mowbray

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Webster, L. and Backhouse, J. 1991 The Making of England: Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900 London British Museum Press

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Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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