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LOT 1708

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Bid History: 3   |   Current bid: £7

Large Anglo-Saxon Silvered Quincunx Brooch

6th-9th century AD

A very large slightly dished silvered bronze disc brooch with a central circular perforation, surrounded by a ring of punched dots; to the outside a series of quadrants delineated with punched dots, each containing a ring-and-dot motif; a slightly eccentric outer border of punched dots; pin-lug and catchplate to the reverse. 32 grams, 59mm (2 1/4"). Very fine condition. [No Reserve]

From an old English collection; found UK.

Cf. Middle Saxon examples in West. S., A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Finds From Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 84, Ipswich, 1998, p.253, figs.7-9.

Disc brooches are a long-lived Anglo-Saxon fashion, with little variation in the design; early examples were worn by females in pairs at the shoulders but the present brooch is much larger than the 5th-6th century examples (typically 3-3.5cm) and is large enough to have fastened a cloak or shawl in the manner of those shown on the shepherds in the 'Romulus and Remus' scene on the Franks Casket.