WMID-26E3E3: Early Medieval: Plaque or inlay

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Unique ID: WMID-26E3E3

Object type certainty: Certain
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A complete gilt copper alloy plaque or inlay, of Early Medieval dating (AD 750 to AD 1200).

The plaque is rectangular in shape, with moulded decoration (?Style 1) on the front. The reverse is plain and undecorated. The decoration on the front bears similarity to that of the Tiermensch or 'beastman' motif. The decoration consists of several motifs, each appears to be multistranded. Gilding survives in the recesses.

It measures 26.6 mm in length, 13.0 mm wide and 1.9 mm thick. It weighs 2.8 g.

The plaque is a dark green to gold colour, with an even surface patina.

Several similar plaques have been recorded on the PAS database including: NCL-AED1F3; SF-4DE4E1; DOR-4F44A2; SOM-7F2A01.


Kevin Leahy (NFA Post Roman artefacts) comments: The Style I mount is also odd, it looks superficially OK but the details are incomprehensible. We have what might be hips and legs but no toes and the ribbing across the pear-shaped hips doesn't look right. The is a pellet which might be an eye but this does not fit into any head that I can see. I wonder if it is a blundered attempt at Style I (8th April 2014).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 750
Date to: Circa AD 1200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 26.6 mm
Width: 13 mm
Thickness: 1.9 mm
Weight: 2.8 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Secondary identifier: Dr Kevin Leahy

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Yorkshire (County)
District: Ryedale (District)
Parish or ward: Sherburn (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE9476
Four figure Latitude: 54.171195
Four figure longitude: -0.56154785
1:25K map: SE9476
1:10K map: SE97NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst metal detecting

References cited

No references cited so far.

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