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LOT 0362

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Scandinavian Viking Equal-Arm Brooch

9th century AD

A bronze equal-arm brooch of Aagård Type III A, with central segmented boss, symmetrical flanges with low-relief geometric ornament and trefoil finial, raised studs to the panels of the trefoils and the central boss, pin to the reverse with lugs and separate rivetted catch (ancient repair?), single link from a copper-alloy suspension chain attached beside the pin-lug. 32.7 grams, 73mm (3"). Fine condition.

From the family collection of a UK gentleman, by descent in the early 1970s; previously acquired before 1960.

See Aargaard, G-B., Gleivasrmige Spangen in Arwidsson, G. (ed.), Systemastische Analysen der Graberfunde Birka II:2, Stockholm, 1986; Kershaw, J.F., Viking Identities. Scandinavian Jewellery in England, Oxford, 2013, item 3.50.