SOM-AB8488: SOM-AB8488: Early Medieval stirrup-strap mount

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STIRRUP

Unique ID: SOM-AB8488

Object type certainty: Certain
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Copper alloy stirrup-strap mount. A sub-triangular mount, decorated with the raised imaged of a lion looking upwards, with its right foreleg raised and tail curled above its body, all within a riased outer border. The mane is formed from two rows of irregular indentations. Below the lion, the border is slightly thicker and is pierced with two attachment holes (with traces of iron corrosion around them to the reverse). The reverse of the mount is undecorated and has a central 'common right-angled flange' (Williams 1997, p.25), protruding from the lower edge, which is shorter than the width of the mount and irregular in shape. The apex loop is damaged, all that remains is a curlicue section to the right side and the edge of an apparently off-centre hole. The mount is a Williams Class A, Type 11A (ibid. pp.58-69) with a left-facing lion. Williams suggests that these strap mounts were in use from the first quarter of the 11th century at the earliest, until around the end of the same century (ibid. p.8). Lewis (2007, p.184) has since offered a more precise date range of c.1070-c.1140.

Length: 43.69mm, Width: 30.12, Thickness at apex: 2.82mm, Projection of flange: 7.28mm, Weight: 22.28g

Class: strap mount
Sub class: Williams Class A, Type 11A

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1070
Date to: Circa AD 1140

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 43.69 mm
Width: 30.12 mm
Thickness: 2.82 mm
Weight: 22.28 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st February 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Booth
Identified by: Ms Anna Booth

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Entry 020700

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Crewkerne

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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