WMID-08375F: A Roman Vessel Handle

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Unique ID: WMID-08375F

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete copper alloy handle from a patera dating to the early Roman period (C. AD 43-100). The handle is rounded in section and has a dog head terminal. The head of the dog has raised, rounded ears and almond-shaped slightly drooping eyes. The mouth of the creature is slightly open. Below the creature's head are two collars with incised line decoration. The handle then extends from these collars. The handle has a series of raised ribs running along its length with the top and bottom most ridges bearing an insiced ring design with a wavy line running down the middle with the circles placed on either side. At the end of the handle is a collar and from here the attachment end of the handle broadens into a '3' shape. The object has a dark to mid-green patina.

Two similar examples have been recorded on the PAS database: NMS-80E1B5 and LVPL-F535A7. McIntosh (2008) writes: 'There is a type of patera which have bowls with fluted handles and animal head terminals. They represent some of the earliest Roman metalwork to be imported into Britain after the conquest. Their distribution is in the south-eastern part of England, within the area of the earliest Roman occupation. They are often found with burials, likely to be Romanized native aristocracy.'

The overall dimensions are as follows: 190mm in length, 66.29mm in width, 23.51mm in thickness and 360g in weight.


McIntosh, F (2008) LVPL-F535A7: A Iron Age Vessel

Web page available at: https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/235847

[Accessed: 19 Jul 2018 13:27:39]

Find of note status

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

Class: Patera
Sub class: Handle

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 190 mm
Width: 66.29 mm
Thickness: 23.51 mm
Weight: 360 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Susheela Burford
Identified by: Dr Susheela Burford
Secondary identifier: Ms Sally Worrell

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warwickshire (County)
District: North Warwickshire (District)
To be known as: Grendon

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Created: 5 months ago
Updated: 5 months ago

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