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LOT 0359

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GBP (£) 3,000 - 4,000
EUR (€) 3,500 - 4,660
USD ($) 4,240 - 5,660

Bid History: 4   |   Current bid: £2,400

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Bid History: 4   |   Current bid: £2,400

Merovingian Gilt Radiate-Headed Brooch Set with Beads

6th century AD

A female brooch and bead assemblage comprising: a matched pair of gilt bronze bow brooches, each a D-shaped headplate with seven radiating knops, beaded border and scroll panel, shallow bow, triangular footplate with lateral bands of bird-heads, geometric panel and facing-mask finial, ferrous pin with pin lugs and catch to the reverse; restrung group of graduated glass beads with marvered trail and other decoration. 230 grams total, 10-23cm (4 - 9"). Fine condition. [3]

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. 10726-175113.

Literature
See Beck, H. et al., Fibel und Fibeltracht, Berlin, 2000, for discussion; Heynoswki, R., Bestimmungsbuch Archaeologie: Fibeln, Munich, 2012, type 3.24.2.3.