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Anglo-Saxon Mount with Hunting Dogs

9th-10th century AD

A bronze square mount with two quadrupeds, the upper crouching to the right with its head looking backwards and the lower advancing to the left within a raised border; pierced to the top and bottom for attachment. 5.74 grams, 20.28mm (3/4"). Very fine condition.

Found Norfolk, UK.
Cf. Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture, AD 600-900, London, 1991, item 255 and cf. advancing dogs on item 43.
The beasts are probably intended to represent hunting dogs. The triangular bodies and square-ended muzzles are reminiscent of Trewhiddle Style animals such as those on the bone trial piece from York.