Medieval Gold Leaf Horse Appliqué Pair


A pair of appliqués, each with a rectangular wooden centre lined by gold leaf. They are decorated in repoussé, with an advancing horse to one face and a rosette to the other. Both appliqués are mounted on a custom-made stand.

Length of each appliqué: 2 cm, height of each stand: 6.4 cm.

Date: Circa 10th - 14th Century AD
Condition: Fine condition, one with damage.

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Repoussé is a metalwork technique that entails hammering a metal from the reverse, in order to create a relief. It was used commonly in the ancient and medieval worlds to shape malleable metals, such as gold.

Horses were integral to medieval society, being used for military purposes, transport, and agriculture. On account of their centrality, their popularity as a motif in art is unsurprising.

Weight 60 g
Dimensions W 2 cm


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