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LOT 1709

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GBP (£) 200 - 300
EUR (€) 230 - 350
USD ($) 280 - 420

Bid History: 3   |   Current bid: £21

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Bid History: 3   |   Current bid: £21

Viking Gilt Horse Harness Cheekpiece

9th-11th century AD

A gilt iron bridle cheekpiece comprising a rectangular vertical strap with two loops to the outer face and low-relief S-shaped scroll motifs, discoid head with central domed boss within concentric ornamented bands. 54 grams, 13.8cm (5 1/2"). Fair condition. [No Reserve]

Provenance
From a central London collection; previously in a European collection formed 1979-1989.

Literature
Cf. Arbman, H. Birka I: Die Gräber, Uppsala, 1940, plate 23.