Anglo-Saxon 'Tiermensch' Chip-Carved Belt Plate
Gilt copper-alloy, 3.34 grams, 19.56 mm. Circa 6th century AD. A cast gilt copper-alloy belt mount formed as a rectangular plate with raised edges enclosing a chip-carved panel depicting a stylised Tiermensch or beast-man motif executed in Salin's Style I formed as a profile face and body with disjointed limbs. Much of the original heavy gilding remains. To the reverse are the bases of two mounting lugs. Reference: cf. similar items in West. S. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Finds From Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 84, Ipswich, 1998 - a pair of mounts from Icklingham (pl.52 item11.1,11.2 ) and a stud from Coddenham (pl.23 item 10). Very fine condition. Provenance: found East Anglia, ex Nigel Mills.