Anglo-Saxon 'Entwined Serpents' Pelta Mount 019851

Anglo-Saxon 'Entwined Serpents' Pelta Mount 019851
Anglo-Saxon 'Entwined Serpents' Pelta Mount
Copper-alloy, gilt, 4.33 grams, 19.23 mm. 6th-7th century AD. A chip-carved pelta-shaped mount with a gilded decorative panel. The design comprises a pair of entwined serpents descending centrally and dividing to reach the lower corners of the panel; a tongue-shaped design is placed behind them. The significance of the serpent in Germanic mythology is connected to the creature's ability to slough its skin and its dwelling underground: the first is connected to the idea of regeneration and rejuvenation, and the second to the grave as the entrance to the underworld, called in Old English and Norse Hel. The mount has two sturdy attachment rivets on the reverse. Reference: cf. West, S. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Material from Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology, Ipswich, 1998, p.137 item 9. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
 
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