LEIC-0BFA74: early medieval copper alloy brooch? LEIC-0BFA74

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Unique ID: LEIC-0BFA74

Object type certainty: Probably
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Early Medieval (Anglo-Scandinavian) copper alloy rectangular brooch. The object is incomplete, missing parts of its solid raised border. Inside this is a Mammen style bird with a rounded elongated body which narrows into a long thin neck, its head with a projecting lappet, resting on its chest. There is a large foot projecting forwards into the lower right corner and its two wings emerge from its back, cross over each other and are restrained by a double contoured tendril, eminating from the back of the head and looping around the wings and terminating just behind the head. The object has a single semi-circular loop, with off-set hole, attached to the back near one edge, which appears to be the side? There is a portion of the corresponding edge missing, in the middle. This may have housed a second attachment, making it possible that the object was a brooch? It is identical in design to a brooch from Lincolnshire LEIC-6AF276 which has only three other parallels, two are in the Ashmolean collection, from Bergh Apton, Norfolk and West Stow Heath, Suffolk. The third parallel which is pierced, appeared for sale on e-bay with Cambridgeshire as a provenence (see web link below).

Medieval Archaeology Vol. 56, 2012, Kershaw, J. & Scott, W. p.312-3.

See also Viking Identities: Scandinavian Jewellry in England by Jane F. Kershaw, p. 116, 117 and 118.


This object has been reported via a web page and was bought from a dealer. It was found sometime before 1981, findspot given as East Anglia.


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 850
Date to: Circa AD 1066

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st January 1981

Personal details

Recorded by: Wendy Scott
Identified by: Wendy Scott

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

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