Anglo-Saxon 'Interlace' Pelta Mount
Copper-alloy, 3.67 grams, 22.01 mm. 6th-7th century AD. Pelta-shaped mounts were used in the later 6th century in conjunction with circular plates as strap-stiffeners, for example on the horse-harness found in Mound 17 at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk. The present example features a double-border containing a complex triple-band interlace motif. On the reverse are two suspension lugs pierced at the outer ends for sewing to the leather strap; this is unusual as most pelta-mounts are attached with rivets passed through annular cleats. Reference: Carver, M. Sutton Hoo. A Seventh Century Princely Burial Ground and its Context, London, 2005, p.228-9 and cf.pp.234-5. Very fine condition.