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GBP (£) 1,200 - 1,700
EUR (€) 1,400 - 1,980
USD ($) 1,500 - 2,120

Sold for (Inc. bp): £1,690

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GOTHIC BOW BROOCH PAIR WITH GARNETS
6TH CENTURY A.D.

A matched pair of silver-gilt bow brooches, each composed of a gilt trapezoidal footplate with raised linear and spiral patterns and rim with triangles of niello, round cabochon garnets to the angles, small pierced lappets above the foot and facing animal-mask finial; arched ribbed bow inlaid with triangles of niello; gilt semi-circular head plate decorated with raised scrolls, niello inlay and five radiating baluster-shaped knops; pin lug and catchplate to reverses; each accompanied by a custom-made display stand. 3 in. (14.7-16.5 grams, excluding stands, 78-79 mm). Fine condition, some usage wear.

PROVENANCE:
Acquired c.1975.
Private German collection.
Property of an English gentleman.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Demirjian, T. et al., Treasure of the Dark Ages in Europe, New York, 1991, p.151, no.252.