Anglo-Frankish 'Addorsed Dragon Heads' Openwork Equal-Arm Brooch 022884

Anglo-Frankish 'Addorsed Dragon Heads' Openwork Equal-Arm Brooch 022884
Extremely Rare Anglo-Frankish 'Addorsed Dragon Heads' Openwork Equal-Arm Brooch
Copper-alloy, 13.50 grams, 43.01 mm. Circa 7th-8th century AD. A cast copper-alloy bow brooch with openwork terminals. The bow is thick, D-section and U-shaped with facetted ends. The terminals are each formed as a pair of addorsed dragon heads, each with lobed snout and return scroll beneath the lower jaw. To the reverse, the pin-lug, ferrous remains from the pin and catchplate are in place. Reference: cf. large ansate brooches in West, S. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Material from Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 84, Ipswich, 1998 fig.3(3) from Barham, figure 11(1) from Brandon, figure 98(5) from Ipswich, figure 123(3) from Playford; and a less decorative equal-arm brooch from Niederbreisig, Germany in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (accession number 17.193.294). Extremely fine condition. Provenance: from an English collection, found at Melton, Leicestershire, England.

£1,250.00  
  

This item is accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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