Anglo-Saxon sword pommel by Unknown Artist

Sword pommel cast in two pieces riveted together.

Details

Medium:
Gilded silver
Dimensions:
6 x 10 cm
Art Fund grant:
£20,000 ( Total: £57,350)
Acquired in:
1994
Vendor:
W Stowell

It is decorated on both sides with openwork friezes of animal heads, and with complex designs of interlacing animals, plant scrolls and knotwork.

Provenance

Found at Royal Oak Farm, Beckley, Oxfordshire, by the vendor.

Venue details

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

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