Anglo-Norman 'Penannular' Fitting/Arm Ring
Copper-alloy, 205 grams, 100.58 mm. 11th-12th century AD. A robust cast fitting with zoomorphic terminals in the form of confronted beast-heads with protrusive circular eyes, bulbous brows, square muzzles, swept-back fan-shaped ears and detailing beneath the jaws resembling gills. Stylistically the heads resemble the 'beast-head terminals' of Anglo-Norman art, melding the Anglo-Saxon zoomorphictradition with the Norman Romanesque design. The ring is substantial and clearly intended to take some strain. There are signs of wear below one of the heads, about a quarter turn from the break. Reference: Backhouse, J., Turner, D.H., Webster, L. The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art 966-1066, London, 1984, p.208-9 items 274-5. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection, found Greenhithe, Kent, England.