An Anglo-Saxon disc pendant  An Islamic gold heart-shaped fitting and two Medieval gold rings  4
Lot 271
An Anglo-Saxon disc pendant an Islamic gold heart-shaped hollow box fitting and two Medieval gold rings 4
Sold for £1,800 (US$ 3,061) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
An Anglo-Saxon disc pendant
Circa 6th Century A.D.
of sheet gold, repoussé decorated with a central ring-dot motif, surrounded with five hemispherical lines, each enclosing a line of four dots, bordered with ribbing, a suspension loop above, 21mm diam; an Islamic gold heart-shaped hollow box fitting of rectangular cross-section, bordered with twisted filigree, with filigree decoration on both sides, one with a central double ring encircling a rosette, smaller annulet-formed rosettes above and below, the reverse with further filigree annulets, pierced vertically, Greater Iran, circa 12th Century A.D., 1in (2.7cm) high; and two Medieval gold rings one with an oval bezel re-set with a garnet, the shank with a leaf-like design, finger size 'O', 21mm diam; the other with a plain band and quatrefoil bezel inlaid with a blue enamel Gothic letter, circa 13th-14th Century A.D., finger size 'O', 1mm diam, both repaired (4)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Property from a deceased estate.
    All acquired from a British dealer between 1997-1999. The Anglo-Saxon pendant is said to have been found in Kent. The heart-shaped finial is interestingly, reputed to have been found at Torksey, near Lincoln; The garnet-set ring between Paisley and Sheffield; the quatrefoil example, in Derby.

    Literature:
    For a similar example of the Islamic heart-shaped finial, cf. M. Jenkins & M Keene, Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York, 1982), pg. 58, fig. 27
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