Book fitting engraved with “MAR”

Photo: Hampshire Cultural Trust CC BY SA2.0
Object type: Ampulla
Period: Anglo-Saxon
Primary material: Bronze
Date found: 17/01/2016
Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire


A 14th or 15th Century book clasp, comprised of a box chape with a moulded quatrefoil boss from which emerges the neck, head and snout of a stylised animal. The dedication to Mary is unusual, most mounts are inscribed with some version of “IHC”. It is a find of Regional Importance.