Description: A Byzantine sword pommel cap made from sheet gold with repoussé cells, to form a solar design made of a central roundel and inverted triangles filled with an inset garnet cloison. The cap was pierced in two places for attachment.
A pommel was an enlarged fitting found on swords and was originally designed to stop the sword slipping from the owner’s hand.
Modern 9ct Gold chain is for display only
Condition: Very fine condition
Provenance: Property of a London gentleman; acquired from a major Mayfair gallery; acquired on the London art market before 2000
Date: c. 5th – 6th century A.D.
Size: D: 2.4cm