Anglo-Saxon 'Enamelled' Amuletic Sword Fitting 019863

Anglo-Saxon 'Enamelled' Amuletic Sword Fitting 019863
Excessively Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Enamelled' Amuletic Sword Fitting
Enamel over copper-alloy core, 11.55 grams, 18.64 mm diameter. 6th-7th century AD. A fitting in the form of a barrel-shaped tag, the outer surface covered with coral-red enamel. The top of the piece is decorated with a copper-alloy disc with a pelleted border, its surface divided into quadrants of red and yellow enamel. On the reverse, a copper-alloy loop reveals how the item was attached. Beads of similar design were worn attached to the scabbards of 5th-6th century swords in Germanic Europe, where they had an amuletic significance. Reference: cf. Menghin, W. Das Schwert im Frühen Mittelalter, Stuttgart, 1983, p.142ff. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection, found Huddersfield, Yorkshire.


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