- Museum number
Copper-alloy part of a folding balance, consisting of the central section of the beam with pointer, the hanging arm hinged to the base of the pointer by a copper-alloy rivet, and a knotted wire ring passing through the looped top of the arm; one end of the beam section has a rivet hole with traces of an iron rivet for hingeing a missing long arm and the other end is broken to a similar length, the resulting T-shape suggesting that perhaps the balance had been reused as a Thor's hammer pendant when no longer usable for weighing.
- Production date
Length: 44 millimetres
Width: 28 millimetres
- Curator's comments
The hoard is dated to the last quarter of the 9th century by Dr. G. Williams on the basis of the dates of the minting of the associated coins.
Some Viking hoards contain Thor's hammer pendants, possibly as protective amulets. The balance may putatively have been cut down to give it a similar, symbolic function, whether it was intended to be worn, or not.
- On display (G41/dc25/sA)
- Exhibition history
2010 16 Jun-15 Dec, York, Jorvik Viking Centre, Ainsbrook Hoard
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Metal detector find; joint purchase with Dept of Coins & Medals.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Treasure/PAS number: 2004T13(156) (Treasure number)