7th–8th century A.D.
Overall: 29.2 cm (11 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Bone, brass inlay
Not On View
Deep brown patinated bone. Eight-sided shaft fastened by incised brass band with convex eight-sided knob, continuing in four-sided curve, terminating in dragon’s head swallowing coiled tail of a serpent. Decorated with incised circles and dots. Metal pegs holding sections together. Broken at base and repaired.
Recovered from the Schelde River [see note 1]. By 1967, Hugo Oelze (d. 1967), Amsterdam; 1967, by inheritance to his brother, Dr. F.W. Oelze, Germany [see note 2]; 1968, sold by F.W. Oelze to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 13, 1968)
 See curatorial letter, dated December 8, 1978, in MFA files. The Schelde River flows through Northern France, Western Belgium to Antwerp and then out to the North Sea.
 Hugo Oelze had no will, see letter dated March 13,1968 from Hanns Swarzenski to Perry Rathbone in MFA curatorial file.
Otis Norcross Fund