Lot 1228: Byzantine Lock Case with Bird and Saint
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 10th-12th century AD. A bronze lock case comprising: hollow-formed rectangular block with plates to the broad faces extending beyond the body, bands of ring-and-dot motifs to the edges and barrel-shaped ribbed ring to the lower edge, one broad face pierced with ring-and-dot borders and incised motif of a standing bird, the other face with keyhole, zigzag borders, incised nimbate saint; bar formed as a ledge with standing bifacial beast with ring-and-dot motifs, pierced tongue below, right-angled bar to the rear engaging with the ribbed ring. 95 grams, 76mm (3"). Property of a Surrey collector; acquired in the early 1970s.
Condition Report: Fine condition.