Lot 941: Anglo-Saxon Gilt Raven Mount
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 6th-7th century AD. A gilt-bronze mount of a raven in profile with pellet eye, curved beak, L-shaped bracket to the rear of the head, omega-shaped wing with ribbed hatching, leg with three-toed claw, hatching to neck; two mounting lugs to the reverse. Cf. Pollington, S., Kerr, L. & Hammond, B. Wayland's Work: Anglo-Saxon Art, Myth & Material Culture from the 4th to 7th century, Ely, 2010, plate 50(b) for type. 6.91 grams, 35mm (1 1/2"). Found East Anglia, UK; before 2000. The bird is plausibly identified with the god Woden (Scandinavian Odin) who in several stories was able to transform himself into a raven.
Condition Report: Very fine condition, usage wear. Rare.