Saxon 'Pelleted' Scutiform Pendant 010416

Saxon 'Pelleted' Scutiform Pendant 010416
Saxon 'Pelleted' Scutiform Pendant
Silver, 2.83 grams in cardboard sleeve, 23.65 mm. 5th-6th century AD. A delicate sheet silver pendant of classic Anglian form. The central boss is surrounded by six radiating cross-hatched triangular punchmarks; a series of punched pellets is placed around the rim. Scutiform (i.e. 'shield-shaped') pendants were worn as amulets by Germanic women as a means of evoking the protection of their menfolk. Reference: Bruns, D. Germanic Equal Arm Brooches of the Migration Period, BAR Series, London, 2003 and cf. MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), Oxford, 1993, p.162 items 25.3,4,5. Very fine condition, small part missing. Provenance: from an old English collection, found continental Europe.
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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