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LOT 1751

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GBP (£) 250 - 350
EUR (€) 290 - 400
USD ($) 350 - 490

Bid History: 2   |   Current bid: £2

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Bid History: 2   |   Current bid: £2

Anglo-Saxon Brooch with Mask

6th century AD

A bronze bow brooch with rectangular headplate and beast-heads to the upper corners, deep bow, footplate with beast-head lappets and horse-head terminal with stylised human mask on the muzzle; pin-lug to the reverse. 60 grams, 11.5cm (4 1/2"). Fine condition, repaired. Rare. [No Reserve]

Provenance
Property of an Essex gentleman; acquired in the late 1970s.

Literature
Cf. MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E., A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), items 15.38, 15.39.

Footnotes
Brooches such as these were in widespread use throughout the Migration period in northern Germany, Scandinavia and Anglo-Saxon England. They were worn by all levels of society as practical safety pins for securing garments, and the decoration on them suggest Germanic religious beliefs, with the face masks possibly representing deities.