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    Sale 1914

    Ancient Jewelry

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 496

    A SCANDINAVIAN SILVER ATTACHMENT

    CIRCA 7TH-9TH CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A SCANDINAVIAN SILVER ATTACHMENT
    CIRCA 7TH-9TH CENTURY A.D.
    In the form of a stylized bird of prey, its neck curved forward, the head with a long hooked beak, an incised mouth, and a dotted circle eye, with the talon extended and open, the tail flaring, the feathers delineated by incised horizontal lines on the body, raised bands on the neck and tail, the body outlined by two rows of incised triangles, perforated on the neck and tail, with two pins for attachment
    1 in. (3.7 cm.) long


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    For a similar stylized bird of prey, from a horse harness, see p. 77 in the Encyclopedia of Lost Civilizations, Vikings: Marauders from the North.

    Provenance

    McAlpine Collection, 1995.