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pendant / balance / amulet

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2006,1203.16

  • Description

    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.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 9thC(late)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • 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.

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  • Bibliography

    • TAR 2004 pps. 91-93, no. 137 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G41/dc25/sA

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2010 16 Jun-15 Dec, York, Jorvik Viking Centre, Ainsbrook Hoard

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2006

  • Acquisition notes

    Metal detector find; joint purchase with Dept of Coins & Medals.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    2006,1203.16

  • Additional IDs

    • 2004T13(156) (Treasure number)

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