NMGW-66FDC8: Medieval pilgrim's ampulla

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AMPULLA

Unique ID: NMGW-66FDC8

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Medieval lead pilgrim's ampulla of 14th to 16th century date


The ampulla is near-complete, missing a mouth fragment and the loops (with a surviving length of 48.4mm and a weight of 53.5g). The neck is open (with a depth of 11.5mm) and there is a tear damage on the obverse face (with a maximum width of 22.1mm). The stubs of both missing loops are evident (with a lengths of 13mm). The obverse face is convex while the reverse face is flat on both the neck and body. The body of the ampulla is curved (giving a maximum width of 33.6mm). The obverse face has bold radiating ribs producing a corrugated surface, of Spencer's (1990, p 59) Type I and indicating the scallop shell, the emblem of Saint James, representing pilgrimage. The scallop ribs are bounded by a moulding at the base of the neck. There appears to have been a geometric motif on the reverse face, now difficult to discern, there is a fine ribbed border and a central rib along the neck, which bifurcates at the base of the neck and may have formed a lattice design. It is also possible that a transverse rib cutting the diverging ribs defined a letter 'A'. The design on lower half of the body has been lost. The ampulla has a grey-white corroded surface.

~~ Spencer, B. 1990; Salisbury & South Wiltshire Medieval Catalogue, Part 2, Pilgrim Souvenirs & Secular Badges; Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum

Class: pilgrim’s ampulla

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 48.4 mm
Width: 22.1 mm
Weight: 53.3 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 27th July 2013

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Wenke Domscheit
Identified by: Mr Mark Lodwick

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NMWPA 2014.19.1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Zoomorphic
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Marbury cum Quoisley (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SJ5545
Four figure Latitude: 53.0004185
Four figure longitude: -2.67197699
1:25K map: SJ5545
1:10K map: SJ54NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Audit data

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Updated: 3 years ago

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