Anglo-Saxon 'Garnet Cloison' Pyramid Mount 019907

Anglo-Saxon 'Garnet Cloison' Pyramid Mount 019907
Anglo-Saxon 'Garnet Cloison' Pyramid Mount
Copper-alloy and garnet, 4.22 grams, 11.42 mm. 6th-7th century AD. A flat-sided, cast sword pyramid of unusual design - its sides are plain and flat, and rise at a steep angle from the base. The interior is hollow, and the securing bar is intact. The upper surface is decorated with a square, flat garnet set into a shallow cell. Sword pyramids are a short-lived fashion of the later 6th and early 7th century where they functioned as 'sliders' in the suspension of the sword, perhaps for the 'peace-bands' which later sources mention in connection with the rituals of military power. Reference: cf. the example from Barham, Suffolk in West. S. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Finds From Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 84, Ipswich, 1998 p.121 fig.48. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
 
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