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A Hiberno-Saxon Bronze Mounting from Markyate, Hertfordshire

  • R.L.S. Bruce-Mitford
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[1] Shetelig, H. Osebergfunnet (1921), vol. 11, 239, nos. h, i: vol. m, 226, fig. 214. Shetelig, H. and Petersen, J. Viking Antiquities in Great Britain and Ireland (1940), pt. v, 1940, 26, fig. 17. The two somewhat similar-looking mounts from a Viking tumulus on Oronsay, found in 1891 (Proc. Soc. Ant. Scot., XLI (1906) 438, figs, i and 2, and Shetelig, H. and Grieg, S. Viking Antiquities in Great Britain and Ireland (1940), pt. II, p. 44) must have had a quite different use. They were both hinged at one end, and their backs are flanked with deep flanges which must have fitted over a wooden bar or other element which moved in one piece with its metal cover. I am indebted to Miss Audrey Henshall, F.S.A., for detailed drawings of the backs of these two mounts, which were later adapted as brooches by their Viking owners. The Universitetets Oldsaksamlingen, Oslo, have kindly supplied the photographs used in PL. XL (c) and (b), and given permission for their publication.

[2] Proc. Soc. Ant. (2 ser.), XXVIII (1916), 87–95.

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