NLM-088863: Goda Bala Anklet from Wickenby

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Unique ID: NLM-088863

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Copper alloy

Ankle Ring or Armlet. Cast oval section Armlet of oval or vesica form with a sharply curved profile. It bears moulded low relief decoration only on that side within the curve. This comprises triple bands of tiny lozenges flanking more heavily billeted ribs, these being situated at four equidistant positions: at either end and at opposed points half way between them. Between the ribs, further decoration comprises eight groups of long triangles set in threes, with a large pellet in the base each triangle and a similar pellet at its apex. These run along the decorated side of the armlet, with an undecorated field between the points of each set. The triangles are themselves embellished with further billeted decoration, and the central triangle of each set is distinguished by a ring of eight small pellets or petals around its apical pellet.

The overall impression is exotic, but the brownish tint argues against its being very old. It is too elaborate for a manilla - ring money ingots were normally made in simpler penannular form, and usually at one seventh the weight of this example. Dr Kevin Leahy kindly notes the distinctive curved profile is characteristic of 'goda bala' anklets from Orissa in India. The object may be a 'hippy shop' import or a tourist souvenir. Suggested date: Modern, 1970-2010.

Length: 142mm, Width: 96mm, Thickness (at ribs): 15.8mm,

Class: goda bala

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MODERN
Period from: MODERN
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1970
Date to: Circa AD 2010

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 142 mm
Width: 96 mm
Thickness: 15.8 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 27th March 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Martin Foreman
Identified by: Mr Martin Foreman

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM20131

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: West Lindsey (District)
To be known as: Wickenby

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 0.1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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