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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Copper alloy Y-shaped harness fitting fragment. This represents the single lower terminal from a Y-shaped harness fitting. It terminates in a hollow bulbous, hemispherical knob.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 300 BC - 100 AD (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Curator's comments

    Y-shaped mounts are a uniquely Irish Iron Age type of harness-fitting. These fittings were probably suspended from the yoke in pairs, by the two upper terminals, or may have been used to lead horses in procession. Other examples from the British Museum's collections include 1853,0528.4 and 5, 1854,0714.294, OA.10952, and 1913,0715.1. These were published (alongside a loan object from Tower Armouries) by C. Johns (1971).


  • Bibliography

    • Raftery 1983 No. 197, p.70, fig.84 bibliographic details
    • Johns 1971 No. 7, p.61, fig.1 bibliographic details
    • Palk 1992 No. 835 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


Copper alloy Y-shaped harness fitting fragment.



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