Harness pendant of the Bishops of Winchester

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Object type: Harness Pendant
Period: Medieval
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 02/11/2021
Location: Winchester, Hampshire


A quatrefoil Medieval harness pendant dating to around the 14th Century. The arms depict a sword crossed with a key upon a plain cross. The crossed sword and key are the symbols of St Peter and St Paul as seen on the arms of Bishops of Winchester. This suggests an attribution to a cleric or member of the Bishop’s household.