HESH-824781: Medieval: Ampulla

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AMPULLA

Unique ID: HESH-824781

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A very small fragment of cast lead alloy, most probably from the base of a pilgrims ampulla of medieval date (AD 1200-1450). The fragment is irregular in plan and profile. It comprises a small section of the upper face and lower curved edge of the artefact. The face is decorated with curvilinear ribs whose design extends onto the external edge and represents the shell of St James - Patron Saint of Pilgrims. The opposite face is lost. The artefact is a mid-white colour with an abraded and corroded surface patina. A direct parallel has not been found due to the small size of the piece and therefore the identification should be considered tentative.

The artefact measures 21.9mm long, 18.0mm wide, 7.2mm thick across the body; it weighs 6.88 grams.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 21.9 mm
Width: 18 mm
Thickness: 7.2 mm
Weight: 6.88 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Shropshire Museum Service; Object Entry Form: E. 01900

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata


County or Unitary authority: Swansea (Unitary Authority)
District: Swansea (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Swansea

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Created: 5 months ago
Updated: 3 months ago

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