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SF-4AE833: Roman box mount

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Unique ID: SF-4AE833

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An incomplete copper alloy Roman lion-headed stud in the form of a stylised lion. It is circular in plan, pyramidal in section and with a hollow back face, missing its outer edge and the tip of the central rivet due to old breaks. What survives of the lowest part of the stud is undecorated and slopes steeply upwards. Above this there is a small, inclined platform or lip followed by a band of multiple curved engraved lines that represent the lion's mane. This is followed by a more pronounced central circular projection on to which there are two incised dots surrounded by semi-circular incised lines to represent the lion's eyes, as well as a transverse groove representing the mouth. Finally, the central projection, which is triangular in plan, symbolises the nose. This has a central dot with incised curved lines to either side . The reverse of the mount is hollow and has the remains of a central rivet, which is hollow and missing its tip due to old breaks. This example measures 23.13mm in surviving diameter at the base, 12.80mm in surviving height, and weighs 5.85g.

Mounts or studs in the form of lion's heads have been noted at a number of locations in Suffolk (e.g. SF-0096E3, SF-5AC647, SF-7A9D56, SF-8842 and SF-8319). They would have originally be attached to decorative wooden cremation caskets, such as examples noted in Essex (ESS-1AAD74) and at Skeleton Green (Partridge, 1981: pp. 312-316). Their usage is believed to represent the devouring power of death and the lion's head motif appears frequently on provincial Roman funerary monuments (Partridge, 1981: pp. 315). These examples are dated to the first or second centuries AD.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 12.8 mm
Weight: 5.85 g
Diameter: 23.13 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st April 2012

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

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

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Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
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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Recording Institution: SF
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 10 years ago

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