Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Chip-Carved' Gusset Plate
Copper-alloy, 4.88 grams, 38.05 mm. Circa 5th-6th century AD. A cast copper-alloy gusset plate from a wrist-clasp set, formed as a triangle with slightly concave sides terminating in a stylised beast's head with roundel eyes and a square muzzle. On each side is a pierced lug, by which the plate was sewn to the garment. The median panel is filled with a beaded border surrounding a triangular panel with punched-point decoration. Reference: Hines, J. Clasps-Hektespenner-Agraffen: Anglo-Scandinavian Clasps of the Third to Sixth Centuries AD. Typology, Diffusion and Function. Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 1993. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Norfolk, England.