ESS-49B1D8: Copper-alloy Roman vulvate mount

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Unique ID: ESS-49B1D8

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Roman copper-alloy vulvate mount, dating from c. AD 150-300. The mount is formed of a sub rectangular plate with a raised oval shaped boss in the centre. There is a linear groove running lengthwise down the oval, giving the appearance of a stylised vulva.

The underside of the mount is concave where the boss is raised on the front. There are two integral lugs at either edge of the concave portion. They are cylindrical in section and end with a hammered or flattened tip.

The patina is in variable condition, surviving well is some places and in others having worn away. The corners of the flat plate onto which the oval boss emanates are rounded. It is unknown what the original shape of the plate was.

Dimensions: weight: 4.4g, length: 22.0mm, width: 11.4mm, height of boss: 5.1mm, width of boss: 9.5mm, length of boss: 13.0mm, thickness (including lugs and boss): 11.6mm, thickness of plate: 1.5mm

These artefacts are well represented on the PAS database and are described variously as 'mounts', 'strap fittings' and 'harness fittings'. For more examples see ESS-317F52, SUR-A8D2EA, YORYM-9BD246, LANCUM-087A43

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 150
Date to: Circa AD 300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 22 mm
Width: 11.4 mm
Thickness: 11.6 mm
Weight: 4.4 g

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Recorded by: Ms Sophie Flynn
Identified by: Ms Sophie Flynn

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Maldon (District)
Parish or ward: Great Totham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL8509
Four figure Latitude: 51.74914446
Four figure longitude: 0.67860109
1:25K map: TL8509
1:10K map: TL80NE
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

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