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COMPASS Image Caption: Shoulder clasps

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1939,1010.4.a

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COMPASS Image Caption: Shoulder clasps

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  • One half of gold shoulder-clasp plate. Curved in section, with loops for attachment underneath and a hinge down the straight side. The whole consists of a rectangular plate, with rounded end, with four separate panels of zoomorphic interlace in garnet cloisonne, some of the beasts having millefiori eyes. The main central panel has fifteen cells filled alternately with millefiori and garnet, and interspersed with plain garnet cells. The rounded end contains a pair of interlinked boars in garnet work, their hip-joints in millefiori. In the spaces between the boar's legs gold filigree is used in a snake-like pattern. A loop and chain is attached at the top of the plate, fixed to a plain gold pin with an animal head terminal in filigree.

    Full: Front

  • One half of gold shoulder-clasp plate. Curved in section, with loops for attachment underneath and a hinge down the straight side. The whole consists of a rectangular plate, with rounded end, with four separate panels of zoomorphic interlace in garnet cloisonne, some of the beasts having millefiori eyes. The main central panel has fifteen cells filled alternately with millefiori and garnet, and interspersed with plain garnet cells. The rounded end contains a pair of interlinked boars in garnet work, their hip-joints in millefiori. In the spaces between the boar's legs gold filigree is used in a snake-like pattern. A loop and chain is attached at the top of the plate, fixed to a plain gold pin with an animal head terminal in filigree.

    Group of Objects

  • One half of gold shoulder-clasp plate. Curved in section, with loops for attachment underneath and a hinge down the straight side. The whole consists of a rectangular plate, with rounded end, with four separate panels of zoomorphic interlace in garnet cloisonne, some of the beasts having millefiori eyes. The main central panel has fifteen cells filled alternately with millefiori and garnet, and interspersed with plain garnet cells. The rounded end contains a pair of interlinked boars in garnet work, their hip-joints in millefiori. In the spaces between the boar's legs gold filigree is used in a snake-like pattern. A loop and chain is attached at the top of the plate, fixed to a plain gold pin with an animal head terminal in filigree.

    Group of Objects

  • One half of gold shoulder-clasp plate. Curved in section, with loops for attachment underneath and a hinge down the straight side. The whole consists of a rectangular plate with rounded end, with four separate panels of zoomorphic interlace in garnet cloisonné, some of the beasts having millefiori eyes. The main central panel has fifteen cells filled alternately with millefiori and garnet, and interspersed with plain garnet cells. The rounded end contains a pair of interlinked boars in garnet work, their hip-joints in millefiori. In the spaces between the boar's legs gold filigree is used in a snake-like pattern. A loop and chain is attached at the top of the plate, fixed to a plain gold pin with an animal head terminal in filigree.

    Full: Front

  • One half of gold shoulder-clasp plate. Curved in section, with loops for attachment underneath and a hinge down the straight side. The whole consists of a rectangular plate with rounded end, with four separate panels of zoomorphic interlace in garnet cloisonné, some of the beasts having millefiori eyes. The main central panel has fifteen cells filled alternately with millefiori and garnet, and interspersed with plain garnet cells. The rounded end contains a pair of interlinked boars in garnet work, their hip-joints in millefiori. In the spaces between the boar's legs gold filigree is used in a snake-like pattern. A loop and chain is attached at the top of the plate, fixed to a plain gold pin with an animal head terminal in filigree.

    Full: Front

  • One half of gold shoulder-clasp plate (other half 1939,1010.4.a). Curved in section, with loops for attachment underneath and a hinge down the straight side. A loop and chain is attached at the top of the plate, fixed to a plain gold pin with an animal head terminal in filigree. The whole consists of a rectangular plate with rounded end. The rectangular plate contains a central panel of fifteen cloisonné cells filled alternately with millefiori and garnets, and interspersed with slightly larger plain garnet cells. Each side of the rectangle is decorated with a separate panel of zoomorphic interlace in garnet cloisonné, some of the beasts having millefiori eyes. The rounded end contains a pair of interlinked boars in garnet work, their heads down and their curving backs forming the rounded end of the clasp. Their hip-joints are filled with millefiori, and the spaces between their legs are filled with gold filigree in a snake-like pattern. The cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil. One half of gold shoulder-clasp plate. This piece carries the opposite half of the hinge mechanism to 1939,1010.4, which carries the chain and pin.

    Full: Front

  • The two  halves of a  gold shoulder-clasp plate shown joined together.

    Full: Front

  • Two halves of gold shoulder-clasp plate ( 1939,1010.4.a and b). Curved in section, with loops for attachment underneath and a hinge down the straight side. A loop and chain is attached at the top of the plate, fixed to a plain gold pin with an animal head terminal in filigree. The whole consists of a rectangular plate with rounded end. The rectangular plate contains a central panel of fifteen cloisonné cells filled alternately with millefiori and garnets, and interspersed with slightly larger plain garnet cells. Each side of the rectangle is decorated with a separate panel of zoomorphic interlace in garnet cloisonné, some of the beasts having millefiori eyes. The rounded end contains a pair of interlinked boars in garnet work, their heads down and their curving backs forming the rounded end of the clasp. Their hip-joints are filled with millefiori, and the spaces between their legs are filled with gold filigree in a snake-like pattern. The cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil.

    Full: Front

  • One half of gold shoulder-clasp plate (other half 1939,1010.4.a). Curved in section, with loops for attachment underneath and a hinge down the straight side. A loop and chain is attached at the top of the plate, fixed to a plain gold pin with an animal head terminal in filigree. The whole consists of a rectangular plate with rounded end. The rectangular plate contains a central panel of fifteen cloisonné cells filled alternately with millefiori and garnets, and interspersed with slightly larger plain garnet cells. Each side of the rectangle is decorated with a separate panel of zoomorphic interlace in garnet cloisonné, some of the beasts having millefiori eyes. The rounded end contains a pair of interlinked boars in garnet work, their heads down and their curving backs forming the rounded end of the clasp. Their hip-joints are filled with millefiori, and the spaces between their legs are filled with gold filigree in a snake-like pattern. The cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil.

    Group of Objects

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  • One half of gold shoulder-clasp plate (other half 1939,1010.4.a). Curved in section, with loops for attachment underneath and a hinge down the straight side. A loop and chain is attached at the top of the plate, fixed to a plain gold pin with an animal head terminal in filigree. The whole consists of a rectangular plate with rounded end. The rectangular plate contains a central panel of fifteen cloisonné cells filled alternately with millefiori and garnets, and interspersed with slightly larger plain garnet cells. Each side of the rectangle is decorated with a separate panel of zoomorphic interlace in garnet cloisonné, some of the beasts having millefiori eyes. The rounded end contains a pair of interlinked boars in garnet work, their heads down and their curving backs forming the rounded end of the clasp. Their hip-joints are filled with millefiori, and the spaces between their legs are filled with gold filigree in a snake-like pattern. The cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil.

    Group of Objects

  • One half of gold shoulder-clasp plate (other half 1939,1010.4.a). Curved in section, with loops for attachment underneath and a hinge down the straight side. A loop and chain is attached at the top of the plate, fixed to a plain gold pin with an animal head terminal in filigree. The whole consists of a rectangular plate with rounded end. The rectangular plate contains a central panel of fifteen cloisonné cells filled alternately with millefiori and garnets, and interspersed with slightly larger plain garnet cells. Each side of the rectangle is decorated with a separate panel of zoomorphic interlace in garnet cloisonné, some of the beasts having millefiori eyes. The rounded end contains a pair of interlinked boars in garnet work, their heads down and their curving backs forming the rounded end of the clasp. Their hip-joints are filled with millefiori, and the spaces between their legs are filled with gold filigree in a snake-like pattern. The cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil.

    Group of Objects

  • One half of gold shoulder-clasp plate (other half 1939,1010.4.a). Curved in section, with loops for attachment underneath and a hinge down the straight side. A loop and chain is attached at the top of the plate, fixed to a plain gold pin with an animal head terminal in filigree. The whole consists of a rectangular plate with rounded end. The rectangular plate contains a central panel of fifteen cloisonné cells filled alternately with millefiori and garnets, and interspersed with slightly larger plain garnet cells. Each side of the rectangle is decorated with a separate panel of zoomorphic interlace in garnet cloisonné, some of the beasts having millefiori eyes. The rounded end contains a pair of interlinked boars in garnet work, their heads down and their curving backs forming the rounded end of the clasp. Their hip-joints are filled with millefiori, and the spaces between their legs are filled with gold filigree in a snake-like pattern. The cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil.

    Group of Objects

  • One half of gold shoulder-clasp plate (other half 1939,1010.4.a). Curved in section, with loops for attachment underneath and a hinge down the straight side. A loop and chain is attached at the top of the plate, fixed to a plain gold pin with an animal head terminal in filigree. The whole consists of a rectangular plate with rounded end. The rectangular plate contains a central panel of fifteen cloisonné cells filled alternately with millefiori and garnets, and interspersed with slightly larger plain garnet cells. Each side of the rectangle is decorated with a separate panel of zoomorphic interlace in garnet cloisonné, some of the beasts having millefiori eyes. The rounded end contains a pair of interlinked boars in garnet work, their heads down and their curving backs forming the rounded end of the clasp. Their hip-joints are filled with millefiori, and the spaces between their legs are filled with gold filigree in a snake-like pattern. The cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil.

    Group of Objects

  • One half of gold shoulder-clasp plate (other half 1939,1010.4.a). Curved in section, with loops for attachment underneath and a hinge down the straight side. A loop and chain is attached at the top of the plate, fixed to a plain gold pin with an animal head terminal in filigree. The whole consists of a rectangular plate with rounded end. The rectangular plate contains a central panel of fifteen cloisonné cells filled alternately with millefiori and garnets, and interspersed with slightly larger plain garnet cells. Each side of the rectangle is decorated with a separate panel of zoomorphic interlace in garnet cloisonné, some of the beasts having millefiori eyes. The rounded end contains a pair of interlinked boars in garnet work, their heads down and their curving backs forming the rounded end of the clasp. Their hip-joints are filled with millefiori, and the spaces between their legs are filled with gold filigree in a snake-like pattern. The cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil.

    Group of Objects

  • One half of gold shoulder-clasp plate (other half 1939,1010.4.a). Curved in section, with loops for attachment underneath and a hinge down the straight side. A loop and chain is attached at the top of the plate, fixed to a plain gold pin with an animal head terminal in filigree. The whole consists of a rectangular plate with rounded end. The rectangular plate contains a central panel of fifteen cloisonné cells filled alternately with millefiori and garnets, and interspersed with slightly larger plain garnet cells. Each side of the rectangle is decorated with a separate panel of zoomorphic interlace in garnet cloisonné, some of the beasts having millefiori eyes. The rounded end contains a pair of interlinked boars in garnet work, their heads down and their curving backs forming the rounded end of the clasp. Their hip-joints are filled with millefiori, and the spaces between their legs are filled with gold filigree in a snake-like pattern. The cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil.

    Full: Front

  • One half of gold shoulder-clasp plate (other half 1939,1010.4.a). Curved in section, with loops for attachment underneath and a hinge down the straight side. A loop and chain is attached at the top of the plate, fixed to a plain gold pin with an animal head terminal in filigree. The whole consists of a rectangular plate with rounded end. The rectangular plate contains a central panel of fifteen cloisonné cells filled alternately with millefiori and garnets, and interspersed with slightly larger plain garnet cells. Each side of the rectangle is decorated with a separate panel of zoomorphic interlace in garnet cloisonné, some of the beasts having millefiori eyes. The rounded end contains a pair of interlinked boars in garnet work, their heads down and their curving backs forming the rounded end of the clasp. Their hip-joints are filled with millefiori, and the spaces between their legs are filled with gold filigree in a snake-like pattern. The cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil.

    Full: Front

  • One half of gold shoulder-clasp plate. This piece carries the opposite half of the hinge mechanism to 1939,1010.4, which carries the chain and pin. Curved in section, with loops for attachment underneath and a hinge down the straight side. The whole consists of a rectangular plate with rounded end. The rectangular plate contains a central panel of fifteen cloisonné cells filled alternately with millefiori and garnets, and interspersed with slightly larger plain garnet cells. Each side of the rectangle is decorated with a separate panel of zoomorphic interlace in garnet cloisonné, some of the beasts having millefiori eyes, of which four are missing.  The rounded end contains a pair of interlinked boars in garnet work, their heads down and their curving backs forming the rounded end of the clasp. Their hip-joints are filled with millefiori, and the spaces between their legs are filled with gold filigree in a snake-like pattern. The cells are underlaid with stamped gold foil.

    Full: Front