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White-metal gilt ?mount

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posted on 26.10.2021, 15:10 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Silver-gilt bird appliqué, length 2.25cm. It has curved predator's beak, square head frame, round eye underlined, curving neck outlined and filled with hatched grooves, squared tail with vertical grooving, and outer border finishing in spiral at base of neck. Leg with pear-shaped hip, outlined, and 4-clawed foot. The whole has been gilded and grooves originally filled with niello, of which little survives. Openwork panel between neck and leg. Behind hip-joint is a single shank 2.5mm long, which once served to rivet bird to belt(?) or sword sheath(?).

History

Grave ID

Guilton Grave 23

Object ID

M6020

Catalogue Number

M 6020

Material

white metal, gilt, niello (Sonia Hawkes Material Notes; silver, gilt, niello) (Antiquarian Material; brass, gilt)

Complete Keyword List (Including Alternatives)

miscellaneous mount, unidentified (Sonia Hawkes Keyword; applique, belt mount, sheath mount) (Antiquarian Keyword; piece)

Status

extant

Location

National Museums Liverpool

Collection

Mayer Collection

Original Collection

Faussett

Category ID

misc

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