FAKL-4E7F95: Early Medieval great squared-headed brooch

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Unique ID: FAKL-4E7F95

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Early Medieval great squared-headed brooch head-plate, cast copper alloy with Style I decoration. The design consists of a series of concentric, rectangular panels intersperced with bands of plain, longitudinal ribs and ribs bearing transverse lines. In the angles of the distal rectangles are two lentoid motifs containing lines of notches. Between the lentoid motifs is a panel contain Style I zoomorphic decoration, the animals eyes present at the ends of the panel and indistinct limbs towards the centre. The central panel of the head-plate contains a face with two pellet eyes set beneath arched brows and a semi-circular nose. Either side of the face are is a four armed whirligig motif. The bow was also highly decorated but does not survive. On the underside of the head-plate are two lugs by which the iron coiled spring was attached. Length 36.0mm, Width 53.4mm, Height 8.5mm, Mass 32.61g.

This brooch closely resembles the example from Lakenheath, Suffolk (Hines 1997, Pl. 32a, p. 331) and can be assigned to Hines Group IX.



Class: Square-headed
Sub class: Hines Group IX

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Saxon
Date from: Circa AD 510
Date to: Circa AD 550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 36 mm
Height: 8.5 mm
Width: 53.4 mm
Weight: 32.61 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st January 1989

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Dr Kevin Leahy
Identified by: Dr Kevin Leahy

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Image 585, Finder's No. 60

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Zoomorphic
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Skirpenbeck (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE7356
Four figure Latitude: 53.99488987
Four figure longitude: -0.88797588
1:25K map: SE7356
1:10K map: SE75NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Metal detecting

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: FAKL
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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