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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Copper oxhide-shaped ingot; mark comprising a semi-circle enclosing a horizontal line with two intersecting perpendicular lines to one end impressed on surface towards one edge.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1200BC-1050BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 70.5 centimetres
    • Width: 41.5 centimetres
    • Thickness: 5.2 centimetres
    • Weight: 36.92 kilograms
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        surface, towards one end
  • Curator's comments

    Sampled and elemental analyses undertaken by Scientific Research.

  • Bibliography

    • Bronze 113 bibliographic details
    • Crewe 2009 F.85 bibliographic details
    • Murray, Smith and Walters 1900 p. 15,17, Fig. 25 bibliographic details
    • Catling 1964 P267, No.1 bibliographic details
    • Muhly, Maddin & Wheeler 1980 Pp. 84-99 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G72/dc17

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Copper ingot in the shape of an oxhide


COMPASS Title: Copper ingot in the shape of an oxhide

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