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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Copper alloy key; cast bow a beaded circular frame enclosing profiled animal; short beaded shank with sub-triangular ward; incised linear decoration.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 8thC-9thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 5.9 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Comment from Kidd, Haith & Ager 'Summary Catalogue' (draft MS)

    MS label (directly on object):

    Unknown; purchased in København (Copenhagen)

    KENDRICK T.D. 1930. A History of the Vikings. London, pl. II:1
    ALMGREN B. 1955. Bronsnycklar och Djurornamentik vid Övergången från Vendeltid till Vikingatid, 2 vols. Uppsala, vol. I, pp. 66, 112 no. D.46, vol. II, pl. 19CFor information about the donor, Mary Greg, see:
    Mitchell, L., 2014. ‘Treasuring things of the least’: Companion Extraordinaire Mary Hope Greg. The Guild of St George Journal, The Companion, 14, pp.10-12


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased in Copenhagen originally.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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