Very Rare Viking 'Ringerike Style' Openwork Mount
Copper-alloy, 21.46 grams, 60.89 mm. Circa 10th-11th century AD. A cast copper-alloy openwork mount in the form of an s-shaped beast. The beast's body is decorated with panels of hatching interlaced with openwork tendrils with scrolled ends. The tendrils turning at the outer ends form the frames for the attachment rivets, three of which are present. The design includes elements of the earlier Jelling Style (e.g. hatched body panels) with the later Ringerike Style (e.g. the mesh of tendrils, lentoid eye). Reference: cf. enmeshed animal mount from Hertfordshire in Backhouse, J., Turner, D.H. and Webster, L. The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art: 966-1066, London, 1984 item 107. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old collection.