Gilt metal boss by Unknown Artist

A relic forming part of a shrine.

Details

Medium:
Gilt metal
Dimensions:
13 cm
Acquired in:
1916
Presented by:
Henry Oppenheimer through The Art Fund

Cast and then chiselled with designs including a series of medallions with Celtic curves and knotwork of interlacing lacertine creatures. The settings are now empty but were originally filled with crystals or other stones. This work was donated by Henry Oppenheimer, who presented over 30 works to the British Museum through the Art Fund between 1907 and 1933.

Provenance

Found near Steeple Bumpstead Church in Essex.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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