Anglo-Saxon 'Knotwork' Pin Link 019345

Anglo-Saxon 'Knotwork' Pin Link 019345
Very Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Knotwork' Pin Link
Gilt copper-alloy, 1.25 grams, 32.02 mm. 7th-9th century AD. A rare example of the linking plate which connected a set of two or three linked pins. The piece comprises a lozengiform flat plate with cast ornamentation in the form of Insular Style geometric knotwork within a beaded border; the knotwork is rhythmically laid out but not symmetrical. The ends develop into circular-section wire which is formed into a hoop (one lost in antiquity). Reference: cf. the set of pins from the River Witham at Fiskerton with lozengiform connecting plates in Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991, p.227. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.


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