Bronze shield mount in the shape of a fish: 6th-7th century
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Bronze shield mount in the shape of a fish with four small fins. The fish's body and fins are gilded and have incised decoration of lines and ovals. The head and tail are plated with tarnished silver. This fish-shaped mount was found on the Thames foreshore at Barnes in 1977. It is made of copper-alloy (brass or bronze); the 'body' and 'fins' are plated with gold, the 'head' and 'tail' with silver; the surface is decorated with incised lines and punched ovals. Stylised 'fish', like this were used as decoration on Anglo-Saxon shields, in some cases they are recognisable as pike.
500 AD - 650 AD