Bronze terminal with ring/dot patterns (with video) ID?

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Hello

I found this bronze object in the vicinity of an ancient enclosure, near to where I found a Roman bronze cockeral. It has a ring pattern on the circular end terminal and is grooved either side of the main shaft. Looks like a clean break on the end of the shaft.

I'm guessing it could be Roman or Iron age, but not sure. Does anyone have any idea what it could have been part of and also a possible age?

Here's a short video I made of the artefact, so that you can get a better understanding of the scale and detail.
www.youtube.com/shorts/-51NOzfTuGo?si=f1DJwKzUZ40UHEfO

Many thanks
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No idea what it is, but it is certainly an interesting find with a lot of age to it - well done!
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Wackers wrote: Mon May 13, 2024 1:30 pm No idea what it is, but it is certainly an interesting find with a lot of age to it - well done!
Thanks. I have no idea what it is either although I know it's ancient, but what it was for or it's function? I have no idea🤔
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I’m trying to work out the symbol on it. Possibly a chalice and Eucharist above? Or a stylised head and torso? To me that looks early medieval but that is just a feeling rather than based on fact.

I’ll try and do a bit of research later if you haven’t had an ID by then :thumbsup:
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Saxon aestel? :Thinking:
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Yep, Easy. That is my guess also.

It therefore points (see what I did there?) to it being 9th/10th century. The socket held a pointer for following text in manuscrpts. This is the handle. One side is flat so it slides over the vellum manuscript easily.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/xanthias/2575547992 The most famous, and lavish, example of an aestel is The Alfred Jewel.
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I've attached some more pictures of the end terminal showing the break if that's any help?
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It looks a tad chunky for an aestel. I wonder if it's a finial or perhaps from a processional cross? :thumbsup:
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fred wrote: Mon May 13, 2024 5:55 pm It looks a tad chunky for an aestel. I wonder if it's a finial or perhaps from a processional cross? :thumbsup:
It doesn't feel chunky when in the hand. Perhaps it's the camera angles?
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ladge1 wrote: Mon May 13, 2024 6:22 pm It doesn't feel chunky when in the hand. Perhaps it's the camera angles?
It looks cast and aestels tend to be made of sheet metal for lightness. From the photos it looks as though something may have broken off of the top of the circle opposite the socket :thumbsup:
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Yes could be cast using the lost wax method, which was also used by Romans & Anglo Saxons to cast intricate artefacts. Then again it could be hand made? :pulling hair out:
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I don't think it looks too chunky for an aestel. I don't think they were necessarily light, either. Some of them were made of gold and the Alfred jewel was very chunky indeed!
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Littleboot wrote: Mon May 13, 2024 7:36 pm I don't think it looks too chunky for an aestel. I don't think they were necessarily light, either. Some of them were made of gold and the Alfred jewel was very chunky indeed!
Yes some were made out of gold and jewels and must have been very heavy and chunky 📖
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Here's a short video I made of the artefact, so that you can get a better understanding of the scale and detail.

www.youtube.com/shorts/-51NOzfTuGo?si=f1DJwKzUZ40UHEfO
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Subsribed👍😉. It definetly looks like figure , maybe depicting a virgin Mary. Just guessing. Interesting find. 👍
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