Anglo-Saxon 'Insular Knotwork' Mount 022820

Anglo-Saxon 'Insular Knotwork' Mount 022820
Anglo-Saxon 'Insular Knotwork' Mount
Gilt copper-alloy, 6.03 grams, 51.92 mm. Circa 8th century AD. A cast rectangular mount formed as a flat plate decorated with an incised tight knotwork design of the Insular Style seen on manuscripts such as the Lindisfarne Gospels and metalwork such as the Coppergate helmet. The knotwork is surrounded by an eccentric border with a D-shaped indent in the top edge respecting a small hole for a mounting rivet. The heavy gilding is substantially complete and has protected the delicate pattern. The plate was probably original mounted on a piece of ecclesiastical furniture or a standing cross, such as the Rupertus Cross in Pongau, Austria, of Anglo-Saxon workmanship. Subsequently the plate was removed and attached to another item by two large square-section nails; this may be connected with the Viking practice of looting churches and stripping the decorative elements from the holy objects. Reference: cf. details of the Rupertus cross published in Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture, AD 600-900, London, 1991, item 133. Very fine condition, gilding almost complete. Provenance: found East Anglia, England.
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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