Anglo-Saxon 'Hidden Male Face' Mount 020461

Anglo-Saxon 'Hidden Male Face' Mount 020461
Very Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Hidden Male Face' Mount
Gilt copper-alloy, 1.78 grams, 20.52 mm. 6th-7th century AD. A hollow-back cast mount of elliptical form, its decorative panel showing an addorsed pair of Style I animals whose bodies form a stern male face with moustache and beard. To the upper left side one large and one small granule are attached to the border; at the corresponding position on the right the border is damaged. Towards the lower edge the mount has a rectangular extension, with a single granule on the right side. The use of addorsed and opposed animals to create a human face is typical of the 'visual riddling' tradition of Anglo-Saxon art, discussed in Pollington, Kerr & Hammond, 2010. Reference: Pollington, S., Kerr, L. & Hammond, B. Wayland's Work: Anglo-Saxon Art, Myth & Material Culture from the 4th to the 7th Century, Ely, 2010. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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