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bracteate pendant

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2004,0901.5

  • Description

    Gold bracteate disc pendant of type D decorated in repoussé with an interlaced animal in Style I shown from the right with its head turned backwards; the body parts are drawn in sections, but form a coherent creature with a semicircular head with an eye and a beak, a long neck and S-shaped body with a large, round shoulder and hip from which a front leg and a hind leg arise that cross the body and neck several times before ending in curved feet. There is a worn beaded wire round the edge of the disc. In the centre of the disc the imprint of the compass hole that was used to make the die and in the outer zone the imprint of the edge of the die can be seen. The braceate is slightly buckled and the lightly multi-ribbed suspension loop is partly flattened, probably by farming activity.

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  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 5thC(late)-6thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Type series

    • Mackeprang D type
  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 29 millimetres
    • Weight: 4 grammes
  • Condition

    Damaged loop.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2011 (second group of finds)

  • Acquisition notes

    Price is for the whole of the 2011 group. The second group of finds from the site was found in 2009 (nos 5-9) and has been registered with the same 2004,0901 stem.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    2004,0901.5

  • Additional IDs

    • 2009T264 (Treasure number)

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