Bronze Fragments

During the early Middle Ages earthenware cooking vessels were used.  By the 1300s pottery had been replaced by metal, usually bronze, an alloy of tin and copper.  The most common shape was the cauldron with three legs and an angular handle at either side of the neck.  These pots were either hung from a chain over the fire, or stood directly in the flames.   (left) Small curved fragment of bronze that tapers to form an animal's head decoration, complete with two ears at one end.   (centre) Small flat rectangular fragment of bronze, plain on both sides.   (right) Small triangular fragment of bronze, the tapered side forming a point on which the pot would have sat.
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(left) length 35mm, width 9mm, depth 7mm; (centre) height 57mm, width 36mm, depth 2mm; (right) height 21mm, width 19mm, depth 18mm
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metal, bronze, copper alloy
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