SF-14851A: Bird brooch

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Unique ID: SF-14851A

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An incomplete copper-alloy bird brooch of Early-Medieval date. The brooch is in two joining halves due to old breaks. The head of the bird has a projecting circular eye with central ring and dot motif, from which projects a curved or hooked beak with deep grooved decoration. The body is rectangular in form, decorated on its front face with four deep vertical grooves within an outer border. On the front edge/belly of the bird are two triangular projections with central triangular indentations, probably representing feet or claws. From the base of the body extends a flaring triangular tail. This has decoration comprising a central vertial rib, surrounded by a rectilinear U-shaped motif, all separated by grooves and within a raised outer border. On the back face of the body is a single integrally cast rectangular pin lug with small circular aperture. On the back face of the head is an integral flat and rectangular catchplate. The entire object measures 35.15mm in length, 14.03mm in width, 1.25mm in thickness, and 3.01g in weight.

This is a plate brooch in the form of a bird of Anglo-Saxon date. Similar examples with catchplate at the head have been noted from Suffolk (SF-E28B03; West, 1998: 193, fig. 23 no. 7) and elsewhere (e.g. NMS-B913D5, SUR-791CE8). It is likely to be of c.6th century date.

Class: bird

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 500
Date to: Circa AD 600

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 35.15 mm
Width: 14.03 mm
Thickness: 1.25 mm
Weight: 3.01 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Andrew Brown
Identified by: Dr Andrew Brown

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: St. Edmundsbury (District)
To be known as: Ixworth

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
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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