Pendants such as these with stamped designs were the most popular kind of jewelry from the 600s through the 900s. Often made from gold, they usually show animals or a mythological scene in the center of an elaborate border. A stylized human head and three open-jawed animal heads are represented here.
[ K. J. Hewett Ltd., London (1982)]; [ Ward & Company Works of Art (American), New York (sold 1984)]
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