Lot 1022: Pre-Viking Mask Pendant with Garnets
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 5th-6th century AD. A flat-section silver pendant with integral suspension loop, facing mask with long moustache extending beyond the cheeks; punched detailing of dot and triangle-with-pellets; inset garnets to the eyes and mouth each with open reverse to transmit light. Cf. human mask on the Åker buckle in Franceschi, G., Jorn, A. & Magnus, B. Mennesker, Guder og Masker i Nordisk Jernalderkunst, vol.1, Borgen, 2005 items 70, 71. 19 grams, 55mm (2 1/4"). Property of a German gentleman; acquired on the European art market in the 1990s. [No Reserve]
Condition Report: Fine condition.