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LOT 0371

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GBP (£) 2,000 - 3,000
EUR (€) 2,330 - 3,500
USD ($) 2,830 - 4,240

Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £1,800

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £1,800

Scandinavian Viking Gilt Equal-Arm Brooch with Silver Rivets

9th century AD

A silver-gilt equal-arm brooch of Aagård Type III A, with central segmented boss, symmetrical tongue-shaped scooped flanges with Borre Style low-relief facing bearded mask beneath an openwork finial formed as a female figure(?), fists placed against the ears; silver rivets; ferrous pin to the reverse with lugs and catch. 47.2 grams, 83mm (3 1/4"). Very fine condition.

Provenance
From the family collection of a UK gentleman, by descent in the early 1970s; previously acquired before 1960; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no. 10713-175110.

Literature
See Aargaard, G-B., Gleivasrmige Spangen in Arwidsson, G. (ed.), Systemastische Analysen der Graberfunde Birka II:2, Stockholm, 1986.