Anglo-Saxon 'Serpent Head' Firesteel 019126

Anglo-Saxon 'Serpent Head' Firesteel 019126
Anglo-Saxon 'Serpent Head' Firesteel
Copper-alloy and iron, 35.22 grams, 43.63 mm. 10th-11th century AD. An openwork cast 'looped' handle for a firesteel in the form of a long, triangular serpentine head with punched-dot eyes and nostrils, and extended tongue in late Anglo- Scandinavian style. The reverse edge of the firesteel is decorated with three parallel incised lines. There is ferrous incrustation from the steel striking plate on the side surfaces. Reference: cf. firesteels illustrated in Lehtosalo-Hillander, P-L. Luistari II, Helsinki, 1982 p.74. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
 
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