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LOT 1023

Estimate
GBP (£) 5,000 - 8,000
EUR (€) 5,930 - 9,490
USD ($) 6,460 - 10,340

ANGLO-SAXON GILT-BRONZE LOZENGE-ON-BOW SQUARE-HEADED BROOCH
6TH CENTURY AD
4 1/2" (57 grams, 11.5cm).

A bow brooch with applied silver plaques comprising rectangular head-plate, shallow bow, pelta-shaped footplate with lateral panels; the headplate with median square panel and ladder detail, horse-shoe punchmarks to the three sides, applied silver plaques to the corners; the bow pyramidal with applied square button, silver border; the footplate with trilinear volute scrolls and Style I face, silver plaques to the lateral lobes and discoid finial; catchplate and strap to the reverse, ferrous accretion to the headplate.

PROVENANCE:
Found Suffolk, UK.

LITERATURE:
Cf. example from Kenninghall, Norfolk, UK, with similar silver plaques in MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), Oxford, 1993, item 13.15 and augmented bow ibid., item 13.4.

CONDITION