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The Medieval Period (1100AD - 1499AD)

Life In The Middle Ages

Heraldic pendant from horse harness

Period:
Late Medieval
Description:

Pendants like this were used during the Middle Ages to decorate horse harnesses.  Some carried a specific heraldic design but the majority were purely decorative.  Declared as Treasure Trove, this metal detector find has been allocated to Stranraer Museum.

 

A kite-shaped pendant with a broken suspension loop at the top end.  One face is decorated with an incised diagonal cross filled with red enamel.  There is a rectangular panel above.  Both cross and panel are enclosed within a shield.  The corners of the pendant have an incised foliate design.

Materials/Media:
copper alloy, enamel
Dimensions:
length 40mm, width 40mm
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WIWMS 2000.46
Digital Number:
SRAC005n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council