Anglo-Saxon ‘Zoomorphic Head’ Hipped Pin 011339

Anglo-Saxon ‘Zoomorphic Head’ Hipped Pin 011339
Anglo-Saxon ‘Zoomorphic Head’ Hipped Pin
Silver, 2.76 grams, 65.90 mm. 7th-8th century. The standard type of garment- and hair-fastener from Middle Anglo-Saxon times is the ‘hipped’ pin with a bulbous thickened section towards the point. This example features a beautifully modelled animal head formed with two lateral ribs for the ears, roundels on the cusp of the upper edges for eyes and two (drilled?) indentations beneath for nostrils. The mouth is indicated by lateral slashes. A small collar strengthens the point where the head is attached to the shaft. The design of the animal’s head is reminiscent of 7th-8th century Insular Art, for example the Lindisfarne Gospels. Reference: Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991, p.97 item 69(g). Published: Hammond, Brett. British Artefacts, volume 2 - Middle Saxon & Viking, Witham, 2010. Extremely fine condition. This antiquity is accompanied by an XRF metal test certificate from Oxford X-ray Fluorescence Ltd.


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