Anglo-Saxon shield boss apex disc

Photo: The Portable Antiquities Scheme CC By 2.0
Object type: Shield Boss
Period: Anglo-Saxon
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 01/06/2021
Location: South Kesteven, Lincolnshire


An early Anglo-Saxon iron and copper-alloy gilded shield boss-apex disc dating to the 6th century AD. This decorative discs would have been soldered onto the shield boss.

In this image the design has been highlighted. It shows two quadruped animals, each with a raised front limb.

Shield apex discs are not commonly found objects and only a few are recorded at the PAS. There are no direct stylistic parallels for this example making it a ‘find of note’.