Anglo-Saxon 'Bifacial' Openwork Chatelaine Fitting 020250

Anglo-Saxon 'Bifacial' Openwork Chatelaine Fitting 020250
Anglo-Saxon 'Bifacial' Openwork Chatelaine Fitting
Copper-alloy, 23.18 grams, 105.98 mm. 5th-7th century AD. A convex-sided cast openwork bar decorated with series of small (1.5mm) ring-and-dot decorations on both surfaces. The central motif is an openwork cross, the voids formed as ring-and-dot motifs. At each end is a pair of circular voids (one fragmentary) with ring-and-dot borders. The bifacial decoration suggests that the object was intended to be viewed from both sides and the convex profile recalls the link-plates on linked-pin sets; an element from a chatelaine, a decorative chain worn at the belt from which tools and keys were suspended. Reference: cf. openwork buckle plates from Fairford (Gloucestershire) with circular openings and punched decoration (item 34.39) in MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), Oxford, 1993, p.202. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Lincolnshire, England.

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