SF9305: Early medieval pendant

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Unique ID: SF9305

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Silver 'Valkyrie' type pendant. Cast in the form of a human figure, possibly male rather than female, standing to the left (height 40mm), holding a circular shield under the left arm and an upright, fullered sword with a short, straight guard in the right hand, as the usual symbol of a warrior. The figure wears a long dress-like tunic; the beardless face is shown in profile, with a single incised oval eye and short hair under what may be a hood. The shield is shown, unusually, from the back, the figure's hand grasping the shield-grip. The back of the shield is decorated with four radiating incised motifs, possibly animal legs, and the rim is marked with a circle of punched dots. Black niello survives in the incised lines. On the reverse there is a single pierced lug.

The object may be compared with a series of similar early Viking-period, usually female figurines of the 9th century from Scandinavia and England. Parallels suggest that the pendant is an Anglo-Scandinavian product, and a reflection of the main Danish settlement in East Anglia after around 879 and can be dated to about this time.

Further discussion and details of parallels can be found in the Treasure Annual Report for 2002, no. 43.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2002T195


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Ascribed Culture: Viking
Date from: AD 850
Date to: AD 900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 40 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st September 2002

Personal details

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Recorded by: Judith Plouviez
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Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2002T195

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with niello

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: Wickham Market

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: 16 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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