Anglo-Saxon 'Cabochon Garnet' Pendant Mount 012352

Anglo-Saxon 'Cabochon Garnet' Pendant Mount 012352
Anglo-Saxon 'Cabochon Garnet' Pendant Mount
Gold and garnet, 1.03 grams, 10.38 mm. 6th-7th century AD. The use of garnet cabochons and cloisonné in fine gold settings is typical of the later 6th and early 7th century, the age of the Sutton Hoo finds and of St. Cuthbert. The fashion originated in western Europe with the Merovingian Franks, who adopted it as part of the polychrome jewellery tradition from the Huns. This example is a beautifully polished garnet cut en cabochon and mounted in a sub-triangular gold cloison with a billeted collar. The broken ends of the suspension loop are still visible. Reference: Arrhenius, B. Merovingian Garnet Jewellery, Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akadamien, Stockholm, 1985 and cf.Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991, p.28. Published: Hammond, Brett. British Artefacts, volume I - Early Anglo-Saxon. Suspension loop lost in antiquity otherwise extremely fine condition. Found in the 1980's, ex Crawford collection. This antiquity is accompanied by an XRF metal test certificate from Oxford X-ray Fluorescence Ltd.
 
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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