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LOT 0273

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GBP (£) 400 - 600
EUR (€) 450 - 670
USD ($) 490 - 740

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£360 (EUR 403; USD 441) (+bp*)

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ANGLO-SAXON GILT CHIP-CARVED SHIELD MOUNT WITH BEAST MASK
CIRCA 6TH CENTURY A.D.
1 1/8 in. (12 grams, 28 mm).

A rectangular gilt copper-alloy mount displaying a chip-carved beast mask to the recessed centre formed from two Style I beasts in profile each with triple-strand body; remains of iron matrix to verso.

PROVENANCE:
Found UK.
Acquired in the 1990s.
From a North Yorkshire private collection, UK.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Pollington, S., Kerr, L. & Hammond, B., Wayland's Work: Anglo-Saxon Art, Myth & Material Culture from the 4th to 7th century, Ely, 2010, plate 13(b), for similar gilt-bronze panel in an iron matrix.

FOOTNOTES:
The gilt-bronze panel features some detailed Style I ornament with a facing mask at the centre formed from the bent legs of the two beasts. The iron matrix suggests that the piece was mounted on an item of military equipment, either a helmet, shield or horse-harness.

CONDITION