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LOT 0360

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GBP (£) 400 - 600
EUR (€) 470 - 700
USD ($) 570 - 850

Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £360

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £360

Anglo-Saxon Square-Headed Brooch

6th-7th century AD

A bronze bow brooch comprising a rectangular headplate with integral flanges and border of Style I animal ornament, central pierced-lozenge motif; the bow shallow with three vertical bands and central roundel; the footplate square with similar motif, zoomorphic lappets and transverse ribbed band; the finial a triangular panel with raised boss eyes, addorsed birds to the edges and pelta-shaped finial; to the reverse, two pin lugs and catchplate. 66 grams, 14cm (5 1/2"). Extremely fine condition. Excessively rare type, probably unique.

Provenance
Found Suffolk, UK.

Literature
Cf. similar brooch from Darlington in MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E., A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), item 12.35; lozengiform motifs also appear on the square-headed brooch from Linton Heath (Suffolk) in Hines, J., A New Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Great Square-Headed Brooches, item 113.