Bronze instrument. In plan view the instrument tapers from a mouth towards a rounded tip. The latter in its current form is rounded in profile rather than sharp. The 'blade' is solid for 44 mm above the tip, expanding in profile gently. It is also slightly bent in profile, but impossible to assess whether this is the result of damage. Above the blade, the object has an incomplete socket with one face almost entirely absent and the other with a gaping central perforation of sub-triangular shape. At the top of the latter a narrow strip remains to serve as one half of the mouth in the form of a convex moulding. Its top edge is slightly concave with some irregularities and to either side a small protuberance, or bump, projects upward. These latter give the impression of being original features rather than the product of differential erosion. Along the sides of the missing face there are erratic residual stumps and we can work on the basis that the object was originally bifacially symmetrical.
- 1200BC (circa)
- Excavated/Findspot: Salcombe, Site B (off coast)
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Devon,Salcombe)
- Width: 43 millimetres
- Thickness: 6 millimetres
- Weight: 58.8 grammes
- Length: 121.5 millimetres
All of the features discerible on this enigmatic bronze from Salcombe can in fact be paralleled on a class of object found in Sicily; indeed the class is peculiar and exclusive to Sicilian late prehistory. The objects concerned have been termed strumenti con immanicatura a cannone (Albanese Procelli 1993, 41; Giardino 1995, 21; Needham and Giardino 2007) and, while somewhat heterogeneous in size, shape and massiveness, they share a number of features: lenticular cross-section, tapering socket, face perforations and a single moulding around the mouth. They are further united in having acutely tapering profiles and often have bumps projecting from the mouth corners.
Not on display
2009-2016 09 Feb- 6 Sept, Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth: Uncovered, LT Loan
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- 0409050003 (artefact reference)
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Object reference number: BCE163466
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