Saxon/Anglo-Scandinavian 'Silvered' Reliquary Mount 016821

Saxon/Anglo-Scandinavian 'Silvered' Reliquary Mount 016821
Extremely Rare Saxon/Anglo-Scandinavian 'Silvered' Reliquary Mount
Copper-alloy & silver, 55.38 grams, 72.38 mm. Circa 11th century AD. Comprising a thick silver facing on a copper-alloy backing. The layout of the disc’s surface decoration is similar to the double-contoured rounded lozenges found on the Anglo-Scandinavian Sutton (Isle of Eley) brooch. The motifs consist of fleshy acanthus-leaf ornaments which spring from a truncated stump in involuted scrolls similar to those seen on the Winchester Psalter and other mid-11th century Anglo-Saxon manuscripts. The mount has some yellow/ochre enamelling and eight small perforations equally spaced around the rim to facilitate fixing. Reference: Backhouse, J., Turner, D.H., and Webster, L. The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art 966-1066, London, 1984, p.110. Fine and extremely rare. The surfaces showing wear and abrasion with some restoration to the edges but much detail still visible. Provenance: found North East England.


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