Anglo-Saxon 'Horse-Head' Bowl Mount 020680

Anglo-Saxon 'Horse-Head' Bowl Mount 020680
Anglo-Saxon 'Horse-Head' Bowl Mount
Copper-alloy, 33.13 grams, 67.40 mm. 6th-7th century AD. A slightly convex elliptical mount with an integral, cast hook at the top. The surface of the plate is plain with three holes to accept attachment pins, of which one is still present. The cast hook is decorated to resemble a horse-head with notched mane and modelled features including two triangular panels flanking the head. Bowl-mounts of this kind were produced in Ireland, Scotland (Dal Riada and Pictland) and possibly elsewhere in Britain; they often occur in high-status Anglo-Saxon burials (especially burial mounds) of the later 6th and 7th centuries on large hanging bowls and cauldrons, where they probably represent diplomatic gifts or tribute. They continued to be produced in Ireland into the Viking period. Reference: cf. hanging bowl mounts from Akenham, Barham and Ipswich in West. S. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Finds From Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 84, Ipswich, 1998 fig.1.3, 6.59, 69.1. Fine condition. Provenance: found Cambridgeshire, England
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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