BERK-CF033C: Roman zoomorphic figurine

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Unique ID: BERK-CF033C

Object type certainty: Possibly
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A Medieval copper alloy buckle frame dating to c. 1100-1300 AD. The figurine on the buckle is irregular in plan and cross-section. It is zoomorphic bearing the design of a winged lion or sphinx with serpent. The lion is standing on four feet with its head turned slightly to the left. The lion stands on a complete tubular bar. The bar joins the lions left and right paws together and is 10.3mm in length, and 3.2mm thick with a circular cross-section. Projecting from the lions back is an arched wing which has a pierced hole, possibly for use with an attachment. The lion's head consists of; two very small triangular projecting ears on either side; two projecting circular eye balls, and an open mouth. The lion holds the head of the serpent in its mouth. The head of the serpent is facing left. The body of the serpent is coiled around the neck of the lion, passes through its hind legs which then coils around the back of its torso, through its front legs, back up to the front of its torso where it terminates by the centre of its rib cage. The buckle has a dark green patina.

The buckle measures 28.7mm in length, 28.5mm in height, 13mm thick, and weighs 26.10 grams.

Similar zoomorphic buckle frames can be seen on the PAS database including LEIC-E0C8F1, LEIC-E6D76E, and LEIC-9663A2

Thanks to Rob Webley, PAS Project Officer for comments on this object.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Class: Standing animal

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1100
Date to: Circa AD 1300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 28.7 mm
Height: 28.5 mm
Width: 13 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Weight: 26.1 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Helena Costas
Identified by: Ms Helena Costas

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 0014

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Decoration style: Zoomorphic
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Boxford (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU4372
Four figure Latitude: 51.44536413
Four figure longitude: -1.38266231
1:25K map: SU4372
1:10K map: SU47SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 5 months ago
Updated: 2 months ago

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