Anglo-Saxon 'Birds of Prey' Pelta Mount 020537

Anglo-Saxon 'Birds of Prey' Pelta Mount 020537
Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Birds of Prey' Pelta Mount
Gilt copper-alloy, 5.17 grams, 33.05 mm. 6th-7th century AD. A cast mount in the form of a stem with a pelta-shaped terminal. The central column bears a pattern of three-strand knotwork within a border, from the outer edges of which emerge two bird-heads. The upper end of the column was broken in antiquity, and shows a similar knotwork design placed at rightangles. Most pelta mounts are separate panels, meant to be attached to horse harness; the presence of the transverse design on this example suggests that the mount was cast in a single piece rather than as a central roundel with radiating pelta-shaped plates (as seen, for example, on the bridle from Sutton Hoo Mound 17). The beaks on the bird-head terminals are cast rather thick, with a u-shaped indentation indicating the opening. Reference: cf. Carver, M. Sutton Hoo. A Seventh Century Princely Burial Ground and its Context, Society of Antiquaries Report no.69, London, 2005 p.229 and examples in Pollington, S., Kerr, L. & Hammond, B. Wayland's Work - Anglo-Saxon Art, Myth and Material Culture from the 4th to the 7th century, Swaffham, 2010 p.380. Very fine condition. Provenance: found near Rendlesham, Suffolk, England.
 
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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