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'The Nethergate' Anglo-Saxon Masked Mount

6th century AD

A gilt bronze finial from a cruciform brooch comprising a stylised facing mask with raised 'bug' eyes, the beard parted at the chin and curled to form birds' heads in profile. 10.7 grams, 29mm (1"). Very fine condition.

Found while searching with a metal detector in Nethergate parish, Saxlingham, near Norwich, Norfolk, UK; in the 1980s; accompanied by an old Norwich Castle Museum envelope with reference numbers A.H.9 and 14319.
Cf. West, S., A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Finds From Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 84, Ipswich, 1998, fig.152(7).