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EARLY MEDIEVAL MOUNT

Fragment of a cast copper alloy plate, now shield-shaped but with no surviving original edges. On the back is an integrally cast pin, 3.1mm diameter x 2.8mm high. The face of the plate bears three strand cast interlace the scheme being truncated. There is no trace of gilding. The decoration is stylistically similar to that seen on many objects of seventh century date, for instance, the mounts from…