Anglo-Saxon 'Opposed Beasts' Penannular Mount 020495

Anglo-Saxon 'Opposed Beasts' Penannular Mount 020495
Anglo-Saxon 'Opposed Beasts' Penannular Mount
Copper-alloy, 8.68 grams, 22.56 mm. 8th-10th century AD. A cast mount of ovoid section comprising a penannular bar with beast-head terminals; from each mouth extends a small lug. The heads are formed with ears laid flat on the neck, ovoid eyes and scalloped muzzle; stylistically they resemble the animal-heads on the sword-chapes from St. Ninian's Isle, Scotland, of early 8th century date. The small lugs suggest that the piece was mounted to swing freely, perhaps as a strap attachment loop. Reference: Webster, L. and Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991, items 178a, b. Very fine condition, complete. Provenance: found near Glossop, Derbyshire, England.
 
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