Anglo-Irish Penannular Brooch Section 025775

Anglo-Irish Penannular Brooch Section 025775
Very Rare Anglo-Irish 'Cross-Head' Early Christian Penannular Brooch Section
Gilt-Bronze, 6.78 grams, 52.52 mm. 7th-8th century AD. A cast gilt-bronze penannular brooch fragment, discoid with openwork interior; the rim with facetted three-band border and circular openwork panel with central wheel-headed cross motif; above, a discoid panel with bird-head detailing, incised chevron texture on leaf-shaped panels; the centre of the cross pierced to accept a large (3.5mm) rivet, and smaller hole to the rim. The wheel-headed cross motif and careful manufacture suggest that the fragment formed part of a larger processional cross or high-status penannular brooch. Reference: cf. the Phoenix Park mount in Youngs, S. The Work of Angels. Masterpieces of Celtic Metalwork, 6th-9th centuries AD item 145. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old Midlands collection; found Co. Durham, UK.


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