Anglo-Saxon 'Woden Head and Birds' Sword Chape Mount 020664

Anglo-Saxon 'Woden Head and Birds' Sword Chape Mount 020664
Very Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Woden Head and Birds' Sword Chape Mount
Copper-alloy, 5.77 grams, 29.42 mm. Circa 5th century AD. A cast facing mount from the chape of an early Anglo-Saxon sword, in the form of a male face with staring eyes, triangular cap, T-shaped nose-and-brow element, full beard developing into an opposed pair of bird heads which flank the face. Below the beard is a column which originally closed around the lower edge of the chape forming a protective plate. This class of fittings is found around the North Sea rim in Germany (e.g. Krefeld-Gellep), Belgium (e.g. Namur) and England (e.g. Abingdon); it is known as the 'Samson Type' after an early findspot (Samson, Namur, Belgium). The symbolism of the bearded head flanked by birds is reminiscent of the god Woden, whose Scandinavian counterpart Odin is associated with two ravens, Huginn and Muninn, who whisper news into his ears. Reference: Menghin, W. Das Schwert im Frühen Mittelalter, Stuttgart. 1983, p.351. Good very fine condition. Provenance: Found Sproxton, Leicestershire, England and recorded with the PAS under reference LEIC-7F2E18, published in the 2006 Annual Treasure Report and supplied with full documentation.
 
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