This object may have been the central decorative element of the yoke of a ceremonial chariot. Objects of similar shape have been found with ensembles of yoke and harness ornaments, such as the adjacent pieces in this case, suggesting that this piece too may have been part of a larger group of enamels.
[ Arthur Sambon, Paris]; [ Kirkor Minassian, New York (sold 1933)]; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1933–sold 1947)]
Rorimer, James J., and William Holmes Forsyth. "The Medieval Galleries." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 12, no. 6 (February 1954). p. 124.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Guide to the Collections: Medieval Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1962. fig. 17.
Hunter, Fraser. "Frontier Finds, Frontier Art – Views of Enamelled Vessels." In The First Souvenirs: Enamelled Vessels from Hadrian's Wall, edited by David J. Breeze. Extra Series, Vol. 37. Kendal, England: Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archeological Society, 2012. p. 95, 105.