Anglo-Saxon 'Insular Style' Mount 015251

Anglo-Saxon 'Insular Style' Mount 015251
Anglo-Saxon 'Insular Style' Mount
Copper-alloy, 12.05 grams, 62.88 mm. 7th-8th century AD. A finely detailed cast mount, decorated in Insular Style. A quadrangular chip-carved medial panel features a developed fret motif of interesecting lozenges. From the lower corners of this panel depend two discoid lobes with dished surfaces. Two lateral arms develop from the sides of the panel. The left arm has athick cast rim and contains a panel of geometric knotwork; the right panel is similar but the upper end was damaged in antiquity. Traces of gilding remain in some areas. On the reverse, the attachment points are two cast lugs with horizontal piercings; remains of a third, more substantial lug are present at the bottom behind the rectangular panel. The decoration and overall style of the piece are reminiscent of the 'Strickland mount' from the abbey at Whitby, Yorkshire, dating to the 8th century. Reference: for the Strickland mount, see Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991, p.142 item 107(a). Published: Hammond, Brett. British Artefacts, volume 2 - Middle Saxon & Viking, Witham, 2010. Very fine condition. Ex an old American collection.


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