PUBLIC-ED7865: Early Medieval Copper Alloy Strap Mount

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Unique ID: PUBLIC-ED7865

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Early Medieval (Anglo-Scandinavian) copper-alloy stirrup-strap mount, 49 mm long, 36mm in width, 6mm thick and weighing 31.7g.

The object is intact and is a very good example of a Williams class B type 2, group 1 mount. It is pentagonal in shape and rectangular in cross-section. It is openwork and decorated with two rather angular animal heads, one positioned above the other in the centre. Each head has a double V-shaped or inverted chevron ridge forming brows above a triangular nose and raised globular eyes. The upper head sits in the apex of the triangle, just below a central fixing hole filled with iron corrosion. To each side is a small triangular projection along the object's edge, which sits above a decorative sub-circular hole to each side of the head.

Directly below the first head are two sub-circular holes (of different sizes) with the second head then directly below. It is flanked by a sub-rectangular perforation to either side, and sits above two closely placed fixing holes, also filled with iron corrosion.

The frame around the object is decorated with two further beasts, each one stretching upwards along the side of the mount. The triangular protrusion near the apex appears to represent a long curved snout and just below the upper sub-circular holes are almond-shaped incised eyes. The bodies then curve slightly around the rectangular void and turn at right angles at the base of the mount to form legs, ending in small paws or feet, one with two toes and one with three. The entire length of their bodies are decorated with diagonally incised lines.

The base has an angled flange with two further fixing holes placed directly below the ones on the lower front of the frame. Unusually the underside of the lip is decorated at each end with two transverse indentations, giving the apperaance of it being stepped.

The object is a much better example of no. 412, fig.55 in Williams (1997), with the animals depicted more clearly.

Class: strap mount
Sub class: Williams Class B, Type 2, Group 1

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Scandinavian
Date from: Circa AD 1000
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 49 mm
Width: 36 mm
Thickness: 6 mm
Weight: 31.7 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 12th September 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Wendy Scott
Identified by: Wendy Scott
Secondary identifier: Dr Helen Geake

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Rutland (Unitary Authority)
District: Rutland (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: RUTLAND

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

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Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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