- Museum number
Circular copper alloy mount or ornament, cast, with an open-work triskele design. Each arm of the triskele connects to the surrounding disc by a small projection. A small depression marks the centre of the triskele. The surfaces are otherwise plain and undecorated on both sides. The mount is not perfectly flat, the edges being slightly convex from the front. There is no evidence of an attachment mechanism on the back.
- Production date
- 5thC-7thC (?)
Thickness: 0.80 - 1.20 millimetres
Diameter: 64 millimetres
Weight: 20.60 grammes
- Curator's comments
- From the Portable Antiquities Scheme database record:
Kevin Leahy and Helen Geake (PAS National Finds Advisers) comment:
'I agree that this is a mystifying object. It brings to mind the Merovingian 'Zierscheiben' discs one of of which was described by David Hinton in his book on the Tattershall Thorpe grave (A Smith in Lindsey; The Anglo-Saxon Grave at Tattershall Thorpe, Lincolnshire', Soc Med Arch 2000). David cites as his source a book by D Renner, Die Durchbrochenen Zierscheiben der Merwingerzeit' Mainz, 1970. Swastika motifs are well known on these objects and not all of them have the central hole seen on the Tattershall find. It seems that they are of sixth-seventh century date' (KL pers.comm. 2012).
'It isn't that dissimilar to a 54mm openwork disc from Gotland, in the Ashmolean - Catalogue of the Continental Collections p. 64, no. 25.1. Both have a circular element in the centre and three curving lines. The Gotland one apparently dates to c. 600-c. 750. I think they are thought to be pendant ornaments or maybe mounts from bags etc. It could also possibly be a hanging bowl escutcheon, albeit a very odd one, but it would be worth looking to see if there is any solder on the reverse. The only remotely similar one is the basal escutcheon from Garton Station (Bruce-Mitford 2005, no. 30, p. 142) - this has a triskele openwork pattern and is 53 mm in diameter - but of course as a basal escutcheon it's flat' (HG pers.comm. 2012).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Mr Higgins approached Finds Liaison Officer Richard Henry in June 2014 about donating the mount to the British Museum. Following discussions with curator Dr. Sue Brunning, Mr Higgins made the gift.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Treasure/PAS number: WILT-B3ACF6 (PAS number)