YORYM-8A5A40: Medieval : Harness Pendant.

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Unique ID: YORYM-8A5A40

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An incomplete copper-alloy harness pendant of Medieval date, c.AD 1200-1400. The pendant was originally octofoil in shape, with eight round lobes projecting from a circular centre, but is now missing two lobes which have broken off where they joined the centre. Each lobe and the spaces between the lobes are filled with traces of an enamel-like substance which is now beige in colour. The central panel is decorated with a cross surrounded by a wreath design which might represent the Crown of Thorns (Griffiths, 2005, p.68). Light blue enamel remains in the field around the central design and some patches of red enamel are also present. An integral attachment loop extends from one of the circumferential lobes, and corroded traces of a lug remain in the attachment perforation. The reverse is flat and undecorated, with some irregular patches of the beige enamel-like substance adhering to it.

The metal is black in colour and worn. The harness pendant is 42.2mm in length, 30.1mm in width, 4.3mm in thickness, and weighs 13.1g.

A harness pendant of this type is discussed and illustrated in Griffiths (2005), pp.67-68, pl.50, number 71. Similar objects have been recorded on the database as NLM-1061EF, SF-5FE1DD, and DEV-ACFB32.


Griffiths (2005) 'Harness pendants and associated fittings' in Clark, J. (ed.) The Medieval Horse and its Equipment c.1150-c.1450, London: HMSO.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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: 42.4 mm
Width: 30.1 mm
Thickness: 4.3 mm
Weight: 13.1 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Emily Tilley
Identified by: Miss Emily Tilley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E05968

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with enamel

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Swanland (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SE9827
Four figure Latitude: 53.73019869
Four figure longitude: -0.51600909
1:25K map: SE9827
1:10K map: SE92NE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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