YORYM-98CFBA: Medieval : Vessel.

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A copper-alloy fragment of a ewer vessel consisting of a zoomorphic spout of Medieval date, c.AD 1400-1500. The spout is in the form of a lion. A water pipe, uneven and corroded at the end, protrudes from between the jaws of the lion, with moulded grooves demarcating its cheeks, snout, eyes, and ears. Thinner grooves represent a mane swept back from the back of its head and over its shoulders. On the underside, where the mane ends, a protruding flat terminal is decorated with grooves to represent front legs and paws. The body is plain and tubular before forming into the shape of the upper portion of two hind legs, which terminate in a flat end. The lion spout has a tubular perforation running through its length. On the top are the remains of two upward projections. One projection is at the rear of the lion, where its tail would be, and the other is a U shaped attachment on the back of the neck. These projections would have originally formed an elaborately curving tail which served to secure the lion spout to the side of the ewer vessel. The spout would have attached at the base, where the hind legs terminate.

The metal is dark brown in colour with areas of red and green corrosion. The ewer spout is 91.6mm long, 17.9mm wide, 37.8mm thick, and weighs 101.9g.

Ewer spouts of this type are discussed and illustrated in Lewis (1987) pp. 4-5, fig. 8b, and are dated to the 15th century AD. Spouts of this type are associated with later pedestal-base ewer forms, which are not cast in one piece, meaning that the vessel and spout and attachments were cast separately and welded together. Similar objects have been recorded on the database as SWYOR-ABB915, NCL-448C88, and BH-AFB002.


Lewis, J.M., 1987 Bronze Aquamaniles and Ewers York: Finds Research Group 700-1700 Datasheet 7.

Class: ewer

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 91.6 mm
Width: 17.9 mm
Thickness: 37.8 mm
Weight: 101.9 g

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: YMT : E05983

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
District: North Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Haxey (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK7899
Four figure Latitude: 53.48195063
Four figure longitude: -0.82608432
1:25K map: SK7899
1:10K map: SK79NE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Lewis, J.M. 1987 Bronze Aquamaniles and Ewers York Finds Research Group 700-1700 Datasheet 7 pp.4-5, fig. 8b.

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Recording Institution: YORYM
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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