Anglo-Saxon 'Biting Beast with Silver Eyes' Seax Pommel Cap 019909

Anglo-Saxon 'Biting Beast with Silver Eyes' Seax Pommel Cap 019909
Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Biting Beast with Silver Eyes' Seax Pommel Cap
Copper-alloy, 11.07 grams, 35.62 mm. 8th-9th century AD. A hollow scaphoid mount, the elliptical body pierced with a rivet-hole. The lower body is square and featureless; from the upper end emerges the thin, curved neck of a zoomorph whose subtriangular, bulbous head is attached to its chest. The snout is provided with bulbous nostrils and the ears are concave discs on the sides of the head. The eyes are formed as spherical silver granules. Stylistically, the beast-head is similar to several Middle Saxon examples such as those on the gold finger ring from Dorset (again with inset eyes). The shape of the mount suggests that it may have been a pommel cap, but the delicate neck of the beast would be unsuitable for any kind of weapon or utilitarian knife. Reference: Hinton, D.A. Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Ornamental Metalwork 700-1100 in the Department of Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1974, p.16-7 item 8 and plateVI. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
 
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

 more info 


Our Antiquities Dealers Association