Viking Embedded ‘La Tene Spiral’ Gaming Piece
Lead, 15.28 grams, 16.09 mm. Circa 8th-10th century AD. A very weighty roundel inset with a small copper-alloy mount bearing double-spiral decoration of Insular La Tene Style, of Anglo-Saxon or Irish origin. This decorative piece would have been very suitable for use as the hnefi or ‘king-piece’.
Reference: Pollington, S. Mead Hall – Feasting in Anglo-Saxon England, Hockwold-cum-Wilton, 2003, p.220.
Published: Hammond, Brett. British Artefacts, volume 2 - Middle Saxon & Viking, Witham, 2010. Very fine condition. Provenance: ex K Derby collection.