BERK-9A52B3: Medieval harness pendant: Harness pendant

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Unique ID: BERK-9A52B3

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A complete cast copper alloy horse harness pendant dating to the medieval period. The harness pendant is cast in the form of a sexfoil, a six-armed star or flower with a raised central moulding of a possible three-stemed flower. Traces of red enamel survives in the centre of the pendant. Each arm of the sexfoil has an expanded and rounded terminal and traces of gilding can be seen on bth the front and reverse of the pendant. The reverse is flat and undecorated. The integral and broken suspension loop is set perpendicular to the pendant's body. It is possible that this is the central element of a two-part pendant, the second part being an openwork tressure into which this sexfoil would have fitted; this would form the swinging element of the harness pendant. For a similar and complete example see SF-061760. Horse harness pendants of this sort are generally dated to the later 13th and 14th centuries AD. A similar pendant was found nearby.

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Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29.5 mm
Width: 19.8 mm
Thickness: 4.5 mm
Weight: 6.8 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st November 2013 - Wednesday 7th May 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Miss Anni Byard

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2014.116

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Floral
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: West Oxfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Spelsbury (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP3622
Four figure Latitude: 51.89539254
Four figure longitude: -1.47824386
1:25K map: SP3622
1:10K map: SP32SE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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