Very Rare Norman 'Zoomorphic' Buckle
Copper-alloy, 13.11 grams, 27.78 mm. Circa 12th century AD. A cast copper-alloy buckle in the form of a grotesque animal head. The buckle is formed as a hollow bulb with a large opening to the rear and smaller to the lower front; the rear opening features a round-section bar to which the fixed end of the belt or strap was attached. The edges of the openings are decorated with ribbed borders which also define zones around the mouth, cheeks, brow and ears. The eyes are elliptical, the ears triangular and the snout D-shaped and everted. The buckle is unusual in its size and rotundity, although executed in the Romanesque style. Reference: Backhouse, J., Turner, D.H. and Webster, L. The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art: 966-1066, London, 1984 item 274, 275. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: from an old collection.