Medieval 'Gaping Beast' Pommel 020458

Medieval 'Gaping Beast' Pommel 020458
Medieval 'Gaping Beast' Pommel
Copper-alloy, 25.26 grams, 24.11 mm. 12th-15th century AD. A dagger pommel formed as a cylinder with rounded lower end and triangular extensions to the upper surface forming a stylised beast-head with open jaws; the almond-shaped eyes are placed beside the broad nose; the rear of the head and underside of the lower jaw is covered with rows of parallel lines to suggest fur. A central circular piercing passes from the rear of the head into the centre of the mouth. Pommels of this kind were used on side-arms such as daggers and poignards. Reference: Murawski, P. Benet's Artefacts of England and the United Kingdom, Ely, 2003, p.348. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Cambridgeshire, England.


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