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LOT 0380

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GBP (£) 2,000 - 3,000
EUR (€) 2,390 - 3,590
USD ($) 2,440 - 3,650

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£1,800 (EUR 2,152; USD 2,193) (+bp*)

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SCANDINAVIAN VIKING 'TORTOISE' AND BOAR BROOCH SET
9TH-10TH CENTURY A.D.

A brooch set comprising: a matched pair of scaphoid domed brooches, the precursor to the more elaborate two-part 'tortoise' brooches, each an elliptical dome decorated with a transverse band of ribbed decoration featuring four facing masks with pellet eyes; the outer fields with zoomorphic tendril designs edged by a ropework border; plain outer flange, integral pin-bar to reverse with thick catchplate and angled loop; short length of chain with figurative boar's head dangle, decorated with pricked dots; longer length of chain. 3 3/8 - 29 3/8 in. (293 grams total, 8.7 - 74.5 cm). [4]

PROVENANCE:
Acquired 1971-1972.
From the collection of the vendor's father.
Property of a London, UK, collector.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate no.11405-192367.

LITERATURE:
Cf. MacGregor, A. et al., A Summary Catalogue of the Continental Archaeological Collections, Oxford, 1997, item 4, for oval brooches; cf. Ewing, T., Viking Clothing, Strood, 2007, fig.36; cf. Franceschi, G., Asger, J. & Magnus, B., Mennesker, Guder og Masker i Nordisk Jernalderkunst, Bind 1, Silkeborg, 2005, figs.130-1.

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