The Harkstead Mount by Unknown Artist

The mount is decorated with a human head at the centre, a Viking stylistic element, with the arms decorated in acanthus foliage showing Carolingian influence.


Gilt bronze
6.5 x 4.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,125 ( Total: £4,500)
Acquired in:
Nicholas Wright

The mount is cast and chip carved, gilded on the front and with some evidence of tinning on the back. It is related to a group of brooches of the trefoil type,derived from Carolingian baldric decorations and particularly popular in Denmark and Norway.


Found at Harkstead, Suffolk; Nicholas Wright.

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