IOW-9D067A: Medieval Vessel: Laver Handle Lug

Rights Holder: The Portable Antiquities Scheme
CC License:

Image use policy

Our images can be used under a CC BY attribution licence (unless stated otherwise).


Unique ID: IOW-9D067A

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A late Medieval copper-alloy integral vessel mount (handle lug) in the form of a three-dimensional human head from a hanging laver, a bowl to hold water (c. 1400-c. 1500).

The mount is in the form of a human bust (probably female) with a wide angular face, rounded edges and narrowing towards the back of the head (which would have faced the inside of the vessel). The head has a height of 30.5mm, a width of 29.9mm and a thickness of 25.0mm. The facial features are well defined and the details of the hair, eyes nose and mouth being chased or incised. The nose is proud and sub-triangular and is formed by two grooves between the eyes. The eyes are almond-shaped and the mouth is straight. Deep grooves have been used to depict the tightly set, wavy hair, whose straight sides frame the face, extending to just above the level of the chin. There is also a central parting on top of the head. On the back of the head is a circular indentation to accommodate a loop handle. The indentation has a diameter of 9.4mm and a depth of 12.0mm. The neck, with a casting flaw to one side, is circular in cross-section and has a diameter of 15.8mm. The shoulders and breast are bulbous, flat on the underside and flat at the back which is the inside of the vessel. A small portion of the vessel wall has survived around the shoulders and breast. At the back, between the vessel wall and the neck, there is a horizontal groove.

The mount is green with a slightly darker green patina which is shiny. The breaks are not patinated.

Height: 62.5m width at shoulders: 38.3mm; thickness at base: 27.0mm. Weight: 196.76g.

This type of mount belongs to a group of copper-alloy vessels with decorative handle mounts and spouts produced predominantly in the 15th century (although perhaps as early as the late 14th) in North-East France and Belgium (Flanders). With a complete example held in the British Museum, accession number 1956, 0702.1 and several others illustrated by Begrundet von Otto von Falke and Erich Meyer (2000, page 448; 462).

Similar examples are recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database. For example, see finds: BERK-1F1071; BH-6D9171; BH-CC7C87; ESS-59F624; GLO-78CE0A; HAMP-D38182; KENT-C25921; LEIC-B96215; LIN-5224B2; NCL-DE2935; NMS-2A513E; SF-9A1617; SWYOR-271491 and WILT-F50A61.


A complete laver from the Netherlands is on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum: accessed 12/1/2019.

The laver in the British Museum Collection can be seen at: accessed 12/1/2019.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Class: Laver
Sub class: Handle lug

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 62.5 mm
Width: 38.3 mm
Thickness: 27 mm
Weight: 196.76 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 6th January 2019 - Sunday 6th January 2019

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2018-8-3

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Regularly improved

References cited

Similar objects

Find number: KENT-C25921
Object type: VESSEL
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
A late medieval (c.1400-1500) cast copper-alloy integral vessel mount (handle lug) in the form of three-dimensional humanoid (female?) head f…
Workflow: Awaiting validationFind awaiting validation

Find number: ESS-A02895
Object type: VESSEL
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
A copper alloy mount from a medieval hanging bowl or laver. The mount is in the form of a female human head and measures 53mm high, 56mm wide…
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Find number: SWYOR-271491
Object type: VESSEL
Broadperiod: MEDIEVAL
A late medieval (c.1400-1550) cast copper-alloy integral vessel mount (handle lug) in the form of three-dimensional female head from a late m…
Workflow: PublishedFind published

Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 8 days ago
Updated: 4 days ago

Other formats: this page is available as qrcode json xml geojson pdf rdf representations.