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LOT 0490

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EUR (€) 1,320 - 1,870
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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £1,080

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £1,080

'The Ashwellthorpe' Celtic Staff Terminal

1st century BC-1st century AD

A bronze upper staff terminal in the form of a closed crook with socket for attachment, the slender curved tip extending from the socket and ending in a stylised bovine or horse head with incised eyes, detailing to edges and the nose ending with small loop, possibly to receive a tassel; the socket with two cross pins to secure to a wooden shaft. 45.1 grams, 44mm (1 3/4"). Very fine condition. Extremely rare.

Provenance
Found while searching with a metal detector in Ashwellthorpe parish, near Norwich, Norfolk, UK, Tuesday 17 October 2017; uncovered in undisturbed soil at a depth of 18 inches; accompanied by a copy of the Portable Antiquities Scheme Report number NMS-003D82, including associated museum drawings.
Published
Portable Antiquities Scheme, reference NMS-003D82 (this item).
Literature
Cf. Portable Antiquities Scheme, reference NMS-178AE0, for a similar, more ornately detailed example, also from Norfolk.