Excessively Rare Anglo-Norman 'Armed Warrior' Decorative Plate
Copper-alloy, 18.26 grams, 43.02 mm. Circa 12th century AD. A cast copper-alloy rectangular plate with recess to the left edge and attachment holes on the upper and lower right edge. The design features a stylised figure facing with a spear in the right hand and teardrop shield in the left, with nasal helmet and square panels on the flared armoured coat. The field is heavily keyed for champ leve enamel. Provenance: published in Hammond, B. British Artefacts Volume 3 - Late Saxon, Late Viking & Norman, p.73, item 1.8.5-d. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an important London collection cat.no.1781.