An Irish copper-alloy enamelled mount found near Torksey, Lincolnshire. (c) Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC BY-SA 2.0
Enamelled Irish Mount (LIN-9BCF25)
An Irish copper-alloy enamelled mount found near Torksey, Lincolnshire
This item is a fragment of an Irish Early Medieval enamelled copper-alloy mount or strap-end. It is decorated with a rectangular perimeter of reserve metal which forms a ‘T’ shape. The recessed areas around and within it appear to contain degraded enamel. It is possible that it made its way to England prior to Viking incursions but it is equally likely, especially considering the Viking presence at Torksey, that the Vikings brought this mount with them as plunder after raiding various areas in Ireland.