Possible Saxon artifact?

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Grateful for any thoughts on the identification of this item found today in Hertfordshire. 19mm x 19mm. Could it be Saxon? Thanks :thumbsup:
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If I’m not mistaken, the photo of the front is upside down. It’s a face. 😃
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Could it be a hair clasp that would have a pin going through the holes on either side? Looks a bit like a face or zoomorphic

( looks like a Hannibal Lector mask)

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First impressions is that if it wasn`t so small i agree it looks like a Hannibal Lector Mask :shock: :lol:
But other than that its an interesting find and I look forward to hopefully getting it ID`d. Well done M8. :thumbsup:
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A great item for a first post. :thumbsup:
It looks to have some good age with that patina. Perhaps the larger hole is a suspension loop? :Thinking:
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First off, welcome aboard :thumbsup:

Really interesting little find, with a lot of age to it, and first impression is that it's perhaps a lid. Did they have vinaigrettes back in the day?
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That is an interesting find - I have no idea what it is though - I'll have a look around t'net though.
I'd say it's one to get in front of your FLO. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Very nice find indeed, but no idea really...

I wonder if it some sort of mount? The three large holes are used to fix it to something, while the three smaller holes are used to fix something else to it, if that makes sense! :Thinking:
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On the reverse, on the big hole in the middle, is that material folded back - like it's been pierced / shot? also is it slightly domed with a pip in the centre?
Being only 19mm and decorated, I suspect it was meant to be worn / seen - so my guess it's a piece of jewellery. I’d also guess it’s earlier than Saxon, and maybe much earlier.
I still can't find a match though.
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Yes, the piece is slightly domed with a pip in the centre. The material has not been folded back.

Thanks for all of your input - much appreciated! :thumbsup:
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It appears to have been made out of the top of a crotal bell so maybe not so old. An interesting item. :thumbsup:
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No idea what it is but looks well creepy :shock:
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