Anglo-Saxon 'Feral Face' Hanging Bowl Mount
Copper-alloy, gilt, 9.56 grams, 36.00 mm. 6th-7th century AD. An unusual looped bowl mount with some of its heavy gilding still in place. The sub-rectangular plate is cast with an embossed elliptical panel below the junction of the loop, decorated with incised eye and mouth detail. The edges bear incised linear features which extend from the sides of the face onto the plate itself where they are confined within an incised border. The features are reminiscent of the 'ancestral' faces on the whetstone from Sutton Hoo Mound 1 where an array of grim masks are portrayed with various permutations of full beards, 'mutton chops' and long hair radiating from the faces. Reference: Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991, p.33. Very fine condition, facial detail worn and difficult to photograph. Provenance: ex old English collection, found Norfolk pre 2000.