Fine Openwork Bronze Phalera with Central Cross Pattern
Circa 8th-11th Century AD
Description: This fine bronze openwork cross with equal, flaring arms is cut out of a circular disc to which it is connected by slender projections at each of the eight corners of the cross. A punch and circle pattern decorates both sides. The stub of a projecting tongue, used for attachment, at the top.
Height: 1.8 in. (4.6 cm)
Condition: Intact as shown, top of tang missing.
Reference: For a similar bronze phalera in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, see Art of Late Rome and Byzantium, #97.
Background: The remains of the projecting tang suggests that the object may have been used as a harness fitting, suspended from the head or chest gear of horses.
Provenance: Formerly in the collection of the Boston scholar Carroll Wales, collected 1952-1970.
Price: $ 300
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