IOW-17E134: IOW-17E134 Early-Medieval (Anglo-Scandinavian)-Medieval Stirrup-strap Mount

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Unique ID: IOW-17E134

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An incomplete Late Early-Medieval (Anglo-Scandinavian)-Medieval cast copper-alloy stirrup-strap mount (c. 1000-c. 1100 AD). Williams Class A, Type 5.
The handle-like projection and the suspension loop are missing due to an old transverse break and part of the flange is missing. The complete stirrup mount would have consisted of a pentagonal, flat frame or body, set within a pair of tendril like shapes, down each diagonal side, which terminated in scrolls. Extending from the apex would have been a long, handle like extension, which would have probably terminated in a zoomorphic head that supported the apex loop.
The majority of the scroll on each diagonal side survives. The decoration within the pentagonal frame consists of a gaping mouthed beast facing left with a lobed snout, enmeshed with tendrils. The recesses are filled with niello. On the rear side of the straight base there are the remains of a right angled flange. At the centre, just above the flange, there is a circular rivet hole, 3.70mm in diameter. Above this hole, on the rear face, are two barely visible ring-and-dot motifs. The rivet hole and the two motifs are on the same vertical alignment.
This stirrup-strap mount has been classified as a Class A, Type 5. Williams 1997: 40-42, fig 28, refs: 90-101. However, no. 91 is particularly similar and also has two ring-and-dot motifs on the rear face.
Height: 31.29mm; width: 28.05mm; thickness: 8.42mm. Weight: 16.36g.

Class: strap mount
Sub class: Williams Class A, Type 5

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Scandinavian
Date from: Circa AD 1000
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 31.29 mm
Width: 28.05 mm
Thickness: 8.42 mm
Weight: 16.36 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 25th January 2012

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2012-1-83

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with niello

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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