HAMP-487CEB: Late early-medieval bridle cheekpiece

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Unique ID: HAMP-487CEB

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A fragment of cast copper alloy late early-medieval Anglo-Scandinavian Ringerike style cheek piece, dating to c.1000-1100. It consists of the incomplete plate and is entirely missing the projecting arm which would have attached it to a leather harness strap.
The object is rectangular in cross section and asymmetrical in shape, forming an oval loop with central aperture 9.3mm in diameter with an angled projection on opposing edges.
The loop around the aperture is perhaps a neck and features decoration in the form of pairs of transverse grooves, perhaps five such, some spaced closer together than others. At the wider end of the loop a circular groove perhaps represents an eye. Above this is a moulded triangular projection, perhaps an ear, and behind this is a semi-circular moulded projection, perhaps a curling lappet. To the other side of the triangular projection are two shallower triangular projections, perhaps for the brow ridge and snout. Beyond, and projecting outwards diagonally from the oval loop, is a worn break across an arm 8.8mm wide. To the other side of the loop another diagonal arm projects terminating in a rounded knop (bulbous to the reverse, which is otherwise flat) with a short, flat projection to either side. Around the loop behind this arm are two further semi-circular projections. The reverse is undecorated.
The cheek piece is mid reddish brown in colour. It measures 34.5mm in length, 47.9mm in width, 4.6mm in thickness and weighs 25.8g.

Class: Cheek piece

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 1000
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 34.5 mm
Width: 47.9 mm
Thickness: 4.6 mm
Weight: 25.8 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 13th May 2017 - Saturday 13th May 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Selene Frascella
Identified by: Miss Selene Frascella

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Hampshire Cultural Trust Entry Form WINCM 461

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: East Hampshire (District)
To be known as: Selborne

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
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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