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LOT 0517

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Bid History: 4   |   Current bid: £6,750
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Scandinavian Pre-Viking Box Brooch

7th century AD

A bronze box brooch, discoid in plan with slightly tapering sidewall with a band of dense interlace; the upper face with a triskele of beasts each executed in three-strand banding with profile bird-head, pellet to the eye, all surrounding a central boss; hollow to the reverse with catchplate and pin-lug, remains of ferrous pin and cloth impressions. 23 grams, 45mm (1 3/4"). Very fine condition, wear to part of one side.

Property of a lady; from her family collection by descent; formerly in a 19th century collection.

Cf. box brooches in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, in MacGregor, A. et al. A Summary Catalogue of the Continental Archaeological Collections, Oxford, 1997, item 1.1; Arwidsson, G. Valsgärde 7, Uppsala, 1977.

Stylistically the present brooch is a very early type of box brooch, lower and flatter than the examples from the Viking age. These normally feature a slightly domed upper face divided into quadrants with beast-head detailing but this example features a triskele of Style II zoomorphic motifs. The antecedents of the design appear to lie in the Uppland region of Sweden and specifically such items as the shield-boss found in the Mound 7 ship-burial at Valsgärde (Arwidsson, 1977).

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Bid History: 4   |   Current bid: £6,750

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