Anglo-Saxon 'Bird-Head Finial' Girdle Hanger 022625

Anglo-Saxon 'Bird-Head Finial' Girdle Hanger 022625
Anglo-Saxon 'Bird-Head Finial' Girdle Hanger
Copper-alloy, 8.70 grams, 36.80 mm. Circa 6th century AD. A cast copper-alloy girdle hanger formed as a rectangular-section bar with T-shaped terminal, the outer ends of which feature bird-head finials which re-join the shaft. The terminal elements are decorated on the outer edges with a stamped motif of three dots within a triangle. The bird-head finials feature the heavy brow-band and elliptical eye found on many pre-Christian Anglo-Saxon high-status artefacts of the 6th and 7th centuries; the beaks curve to form a loop (one lost); bird-heads executed in this level of detail are very unusual on girdle-hangers. Reference: MacGregor, A. and Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (non-Ferrous Metals), Oxford, 1993 shows many types, although even the most complex (ref.42.7) is not as well-made as the present piece. Fine condition, top of shaft lost in antiquity. Provenance: found Leicestershire, England.
 
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