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LOT 0597

Estimate
GBP (£) 8,000 - 12,000
EUR (€) 9,470 - 14,210
USD ($) 10,210 - 15,320

GERMANIC GOLD AND GARNET BROOCH PAIR
4TH-5TH CENTURY AD
1 3/4" (16 grams total, 44mm).

A matched pair of gold bow brooches, each a D-shaped headplate with beaded wire border, granule clusters and four cabochon garnets in cells with beaded wire collars, shallow keeled bow with offset triangular granule clusters, lozengiform footplate with beaded wire borders, granule clusters, and four cabochon garnets in cells; bronze core to the reverse with spring and catchplate.

PROVENANCE:
From an old Oriental collection.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period. Europe Without Borders, Berlin, 2007, item I.25.1 for a larger, similarly constructed and ornamented example.

CONDITION