KENT-D1B70E: An incomplete copper-alloy 11th century Anglo-Scandinavian cheek piece.

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BRIDLE BIT

Unique ID: KENT-D1B70E

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete copper alloy 11th century Anglo-Scandinavian cheek piece from a bridle of Williams Type 1, one of an original pair which would have held between them the jointed iron bit for the horse to clench its teeth on. The remaining half of the plate is formed of one of a pair of originally symmetrical coiled creatures of Late Viking inspiration.

The creature's neck is curved back on itself, so it appears to bite its own back, creating a central openwork area within the curved neck and a small sub-circular opening between the creatures teeth, where it connects to the body and the central plate. The head has a projecting knop, possibly representing a snout, which appers to have been attached to the central plate, connected in turn to the other matching creature. There is another knop projection, creating a brow-like ridge above the almond-shaped eye. At the back of the head, there is a projecting crest of three feathers, which extend from an interlace pattern on the neck of the creature.

Below this the body is undecorated and curves round to attach to the central portion of the plate. The break is worn and appears to have been connected to the rest of the plate by three projections, which are worn thin, possibly due to excessive wear. Between this tab and the projecting arm to the left of the creature there was a circular hole.

It measures 37.4 mm in length, 32.2 mm wide, 3.8 mm thick and weighs 19.9 g.

Williams (2007) comments (p.1): 'The decoration used on ... cheek pieces derives from the Late Viking Ringerike style which was current during the reign of Cnut (1014-42) and may have had a longer life in England.'

Comparable to SUSS-2D5753 and SUR-1BFD2C.

Class: cheekpiece
Sub class: Williams Type 1

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1000
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 37.4 mm
Width: 32.2 mm
Thickness: 3.8 mm
Weight: 19.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 14th October 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Caroline Chestnutt
Identified by: Ms Caroline Chestnutt

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Shepway (District)
Parish or ward: Brookland (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ9926
Four figure Latitude: 50.99897197
Four figure longitude: 0.83470566
1:25K map: TQ9926
1:10K map: TQ92NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Metal-detecting.

References cited

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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