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.
The Harkstead Mount by Unknown Artist, 9th century
© Ipswich Museum and Art Gallery
- 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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