SUSS-93E127: Medieval harness pendant

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Unique ID: SUSS-93E127

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Medieval cast copper alloy cruciform horse harness pendant. The cross is equal armed with a raised square at the centre and raised circular lobes at the end of each arm. The arms themselves are triangular in section with a flat back and ridge down the front. There is a central piercing with a seperate copper alloy rivet though it. The rivet appears complete with a domed head and flattened back around a sheet rove. If it riveted something to the pendant (rather than being decorative) it must have been relatively thin (not a leather strap for example). At the end of one arm is a complete, although bent transverse suspension loop. It is 35.7mm long including the loop 30.9mm wide and 5.6mm thick; it weighs 5.29 grams. There are traces of gilding on the front. Read 2001, p.57-58; figs. 36 and 37 illustrates a range of cruciform pendants many of which have central piercings or rivets. NMS-F60CD3 on this database is similar to this example and also has a cenral hole for a rivet. SWYOR-038F72 is an example still attached to it's susspension mount. Read (ibid: 48) suggests most are 14th century in date although a 13th century date is also possible.


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 35.7 mm
Width: 30.9 mm
Thickness: 5.6 mm
Weight: 5.29 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 13th October 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Sussex (County)
District: Chichester (District)
To be known as: Chichester Area

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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