Superb Medieval 'Heraldic Eagle' Harness Pendant
Gilt copper-alloy, 17.64 grams, 32.00 mm. Circa 14th-15th century AD. A cast copper-alloy harness pendant comprising a central disc and radiating arms, heavily gilded. The arms terminate in trefoils, with alternating red and blue enamel insets; the central disc features a red and blue enamel field and reserved eagle with spread wings; small recess to the rear. The suspension loop extends from the upper arm. Reference: cf. Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, vol.1, Langport, 2001 items 409-16. Extremely fine condition, gilding intact. Provenance: from an important London collection, acquired 1988 inventory no.88.4 / cat.588.