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LOT 1710

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Bid History: 10   |   Current bid: £750

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Bid History: 10   |   Current bid: £750

Pre-Viking Gold Filigree Bucket Pendant

4th-7th century AD

A gold pendant formed as a bucket or tankard with hollow body; applied filigree crescents and granulation with ropework to rims and bosses to base to the body, applied handle with filigree ropework. 2.24 grams, 15mm (1/2"). Very fine condition. [No Reserve]

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

See Khrapunov, I. and Stylegar, F.A., Inter Ambo Maria, Contacts between Scandinavia and the Crimea in the Roman Period; Бажан И, А., Каргапольцев С, Ю, 1989, Об одной категории украшений-амулетов римского времени в Восточной Европе, СА, No.3; also see Meaney, A., Anglo-Saxon Amulets and Curing Stones, Oxford, BAR British Series 96, 1981, p.166-168, for discussion of the type.

Pendants in the form of miniature buckets have been found in a number of pagan Anglo-Saxon and Viking contexts and are generally made of bronze or iron, with gold examples being rare; three gold examples were found with the hoard from Hoen, Norway. Bronze bucket amulets have been found at Driffield in Yorkshire, and Vimose bog in Denmark, among other places. In form they represent wooden buckets bound with bronze or iron bands which have been found in Anglo-Saxon and Viking graves and are believed to have held mead or ale and were used to replenish the cups from which warriors drank. As amulets they probably represent the ecstatic power of alcoholic drink and the role of women as the dispensers of these precious beverages.