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Silver repoussé circular mount, originally pinned to a ?wooden base. An outer border of diagonal billets frames an inner zone with a procession of crouched Style II quadrupeds, the jaws of each locked about the hindquarters of the beast in front. A convex disc occupies the centre.
- Production date
Diameter: 3.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Jarvis, Rev. E., 1850. Account of the Discovery of Ornaments and Remains, Supposed to be of Danish Origin, in the Parish of Caenby, Lincolnshire. Archaeological Journal 7, pp. 36-44. Available online http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archiveDS/archiveDownload?t=arch-1132-1/dissemination/pdf/007/007_036_044.pdf
Webster & Backhouse 1991
This fragment is one of a set of variously decorated silver mounts from a richly furnished but poorly recorded seventh-century barrow burial. It seems to have been fitted to a substantial piece of wooden furniture such as a chest. Its decoration shows another aspect of the newly fashionable Style II animal ornament which finds its way into manuscript art; a delight in interlocked animal processions. The quirky beasts seen here have stylistic links both to the creature seen at the end of the Sutton Hoo buckle (reg. no. 1939,1010.1) and a handle fragment from Fishergate, York (The Yorkshire Museum, York, inv. no. 1986.45.4618).
Select bibliography: Speake, G. 1980, ‘Anglo-Saxon Animal Art and its Germanic Background’, Oxford, 39, 42, pl. 15 (k).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2003 15 May-30 Sep, London, The British Library, The Painted Labyrinth: The World of the Lindisfarne Gospels
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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