WILT-D74E53: Late Early-Medieval to Early Medieval book fitting

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Unique ID: WILT-D74E53

Object type certainty: Certain
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A copper-alloy Late Early-Medieval or Early Medieval (1000-1200) zoomorphic book clasp in the form of dog's head with rectangular loop at the wider end, measuring 29.18x12.38x8.47mm and weighing 11.6g.

The rectangular loop measures 12.38x7.14mm (internal 8.45x4.39mm) and is c.2mm thick. It extends from the base of the head at the back. Above, it rises to the top of the head and brow ridge (widest and thickest part, 12.38x8.47mm) where two pairs of inverted U shapes probably represent the ears and the single triangular mouldings below the eyes. The long snout in front of these is narrower and slimmer, flaring in thickness at the very end and curling slightly upwards.

The reverse of the object is completely flat with a 3.93mm diameter and 5.60mm deep 'peg' hole behind the brow ridge.

The side view shows a triangular hole running perpendicular to the rest of the object inside the snout. At the very end is a copper alloy wall between the 'open jaws' of the animal (the top and bottom part of the object). The snout is 7.62mm wide at the end.

The clasp would have been attached to a strap on one cover of the book and the hole in the underside would have fitted over a peg fixed to the other cover. The hole in the snout may have accommodated a ring, or similar. The thought is that this may have taken a cord to make it easier to pull the clasp on and off the peg.

The object bears some relationship to buckles of the 'gaping mouth beast' type (e.g. YORYM-63AF55) and also to another mysterious object, PUBLIC-EC2A87.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1000
Date to: Circa AD 1200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29.18 mm
Width: 12.38 mm
Thickness: 8.47 mm
Weight: 11.6 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st January 2011 - Wednesday 23rd November 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum Entry Form 3728

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: New Forest (District)
To be known as: Breamore

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

No references cited so far.

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