Anglo-Saxon 'Aviform' Mount 015252

Anglo-Saxon 'Aviform' Mount 015252
Anglo-Saxon 'Raven's Head Profile' Mount
Copper-alloy, 5.55 grams, 36.83 mm. 10th-11th century AD. A slender D-section mount with heavy decoration. The upper face comprises an animal-head terminal below an opposed pair of similar animal-masks executed in fleshy bands. There is a slight waist where the opposed masks meet and at the lower terminal a slight bifurcation. The attachment peg on the reverse is rounded over, reminiscent of a raven's head in profile. These features in combination give the piece the appearance of a bird with its wings folded along its flanks and its tail spread. The design - animal masks and fleshy foliage - is similar to later examples of the 10th century Winchester Style. Reference: see Backhouse, J., Turner, D.H., Webster, L. The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art 966-1066, London, 1984, p.128 item 133. Very fine condition. Found Burnham Market, Norfolk, England.
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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