British Museum

British Museum

Pair of book-clasps, silver-gilt mounts, originally to bind illuminated manuscript. Red silk straps decorated with geometric interlace pattern in gold thread. At one end of each clasp a partially cross-hatched and engraved hinged mount tapers to a point and is pierced by three holes in a triangular formation. Clasp a) decorated with a figure, consistent with contemporary representations of the Angel of the Annunciation, standing within an architectural Gothic canopy. The figure holds a scroll and appears to have wings. Clasp b) decorated with a figure of the Virgin Mary (?) standing within an architectural Gothic canopy. The figure appears to be holding a book.

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  • Title: book-clasp
  • Date Created: 1400/1600
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 17.10cm (clasp no. 1); Length: 16.30cm (clasp no. 2); Width: 2.50cm; Depth: 0.60cm; Weight: 31.00g (clasp no. 1); Weight: 33.00g (clasp no. 2)
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: gilded; pierced; engraved
  • Subject: saint/martyr
  • Registration number: WB.225.a-b
  • Production place: Made in France. Made in Belgium. Made in Flanders
  • Material: silk; silver
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Bequeathed by Rothschild, Ferdinand Anselm. Previous owner/ex-collection Magniac, Hollingworth