KENT-A7FD90: Anglo-Saxon Mount

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Unique ID: KENT-A7FD90

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An a near complete cast copper-alloy figurative mount of Anglo-Saxon/Early-Medieval date.

Description: The mount is flat, roughly rectangular in plan. The front of the object has elaborate chip-carved decoration in Salin's Style I in the form of a human face. This comprises two projecting circular eyes at the top of the plate above which is an arched, double-stranded brow that extends horizontally to either side of the eyes. Beneath the eyes is a projecting triangular nose which continues up above the eyebrows and curls down possibly designed to be hair. Either side of the nose are rounded cheeks, followed by a double-stranded moustache that curls up and then inwards towards the tips. The chin has two transverse ridges with traces of possibly intending to be teeth or a beard.

At the centre of the reverse is an integral rivet for attachment. The entire object is a dark grey to mid green colour. No indication of gilding is visible.

Measurements: 19.78mm in long, 15.6mm wide, 11.02mm thick (including shank, 4.1mm thick without) and 4.42g in weight.

Discussion: The decorative elements indicate it is of Early Anglo-Saxon date, probably late 5th century to mid/late 6th century. A similar example, although interpreted as part of a brooch, is recorded on the PAS at SF-9D01C6

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Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 475
Date to: Circa AD 575

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 19.78 mm
Width: 15.6 mm
Thickness: 11.02 mm
Weight: 4.42 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Jo Ahmet
Identified by: Mr Jo Ahmet

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Shepway (District)
Parish or ward: Lyminge (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TR1540
Four figure Latitude: 51.11893097
Four figure longitude: 1.07070705
1:25K map: TR1540
1:10K map: TR14SE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 30 days ago
Updated: 10 days ago

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