Excessively Rare Anglo-Norman 'Triple Beast-Head' Decorative Mount
Gilt copper-alloy, 7.64 grams, 34.96 mm. Circa 11th-12th century AD. A cast gilt copper-alloy mount in the form of a Romanesque Style beast-head with curved extensions. The mount is D-shaped, its flat underside provided with a sturdy attachment peg, formed as an animal's head with small triangular ears, a central ribbed panel running over the top of the head terminating at the muzzle with lentoid extensions to the eyes. The muzzle features two small indented nostrils above the slightly open mouth with tongue. From each upper corner emerges a D-section c-shaped horn ending in a miniature version of the larger head. Reference: published in Hammond, B. British Artefacts Volume 3 - Late Saxon, Late Viking & Norman, p.56, item 1.6-x; cf. similar beast-head terminal from Leicester in Backhouse, J., Turner, D.H. and Webster, L. The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art: 966-1066, London, 1984 item 274. Very fine condition, gilding largely present. Provenance: from an important London collection, acquired 1994 inventory no.94.248 / cat.595.