HESH-6403DC: Roman Trulla handle (front and back)

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Unique ID: HESH-6403DC

Object type certainty: Certain
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A Roman copper alloy Trulla or pan handle dating to the second century AD. The pan handle consists of a single flat piece of copper alloy. The handle has a curved upper edge with a large semi-circular perforation. The curve of the perforation mirrors the curve of the upper edge of the handle. Below the upper curved edge the handle broadens around the perforation where there are two animal heads flanking the outer edge of the object. Below the perforation the handle then tapers to a flat broken edge that has two small circular perforations at each corner. The two zoomorphic figures flanking the semi-circular perforation are possibly representing birds or crocodiles. The detail of the animal is comprised of a curved incision that extends from the corner of the semi-circular perforation to the outer edge of the handle, this represents the curved head of the animal. The rounded heads of the creature form the outer edge of the handle. The creature has been decorated with a lentoid shaped eye incision and circular shaped pupil. The beak of the animal extends beyond the outer edge of the handle. Below the eye is the mouth which consists of a single incision that extends from below the eye to the edge of the beak. There are vertical incisions extending above and below the mouth which may represent teeth. The same design is mirrored on the opposing side of the perforation. The reverse of the handle is flat and does not contain any further decoration. The object has a well-developed surface patina that is a light through to dark green in colour. There are no further parallels on the database however Sally Worrell, National Finds Advisor for the scheme has found a parallel for this object from the continent. The parallel was discovered in Liege, Belgium and is illustrated in Faider-Feytmans, G. (1979) Les bronzes romains de Belqique.

The two small circular perforations are evidence that the handle may have been adapted and had a secondary purpose. Martin Henig, Honorary Professor at UCL Institute of Archaeology comments 'The thinness (of the handle) is no problem so many of them are, but I wonder either whether the two holes signify repair or whether it had a secondary use as a votive. Some of them have profiles which curve in and then curve out towards the body of the pan. This seems to have been snapped off at the midpoint of the curve'.

The objects measures 102 mm in length, 50.79 mm in width (across the widest point where the animal heads are depicted) 2.55 mm thickness and weighs 40.56 g.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Potential for inclusion in Britannia

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 102 mm
Width: 50.79 mm
Thickness: 2.55 mm
Weight: 40.56 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 29th August 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Victoria Allnatt
Identified by: Ms Sally Worrell

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SMS 00863

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Adforton

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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