Gilt silver (body) and brass (trefoil-shaped ring)
Length: 21.7 cm (8 9/16 in.)
J.H. Wade Trust Fund 2022.38
This 12th-century silver-gilt knife sheath is meant to be a pendent to a belt as a luxury ornament.
This 12th-century silver-gilt knife sheath is meant to be a pendent to a belt as a luxury ornament. It is decorated with an image of rising dragons with ring-punched scales, seated phoenixes, and bands of a flower scroll. Expressing bold and dramatic tactile effects, such decorative patterns were executed in two major masterful metalwork techniques: chasing and repousse.
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