Artifact of the Day


Couter “alla tedesca” (in the German style)

Northern Italy (perhaps Venice) (about 1500-10)

Of slightly oblong, shell-like form of moderate size, narrowing towards "V"-shaped pucker extending around bend of arm. What remains of upper & lower edges are plain, unturned, & relieved only by very shallow, sunken broad band. Cowter roundly bossed from elbow & apparently transversely embossed from this point with elliptical rib across the face almost to pucker. At this end is iron rivet, for anterior end of lost, bifurcated strap with buckle, rear terminals once secured to set of rivets (1 remains) at posterior vertical edge of cowter. Cowter probably secured with arming-points laced through 2 sets of holes punched mid-length face.