Anglo-Saxon 'Cabochon Garnet' Radiate-Headed Bow Brooch 010408

Anglo-Saxon 'Cabochon Garnet' Radiate-Headed Bow Brooch 010408
Anglo-Saxon 'Openwork' Radiate-Headed Bow Brooch
Copper-alloy, 23.90 grams, 102.66 mm. 5th-6th century AD. Radiate-headed bow brooches are associated with the Merovingian Franks, and occur in England in areas with a Frankish presence either through trade or marriage ties. The present example has the standard D-shaped headplate with a D-shaped medial panel with zigzag decorations, surrounded by a border of zigzags within a border of pellets. The outer edge features seven lobed extensions, each set with a cabochon garnet [replaced]. The shallow bow bears a central ridge with ring-and-dot motifs flanked by two billeted panels. The parallel-sided footplate continues the central ridge with ring-and-dot designs, flanked by a panels of zigzag decoration. At the lower end the ridge evolves into a pair of voided ellipses above a transverse band of zigzag design. On the reverse, the catchplate is in place and the pin-lugs are encased in a ferrous encrustation from the corrosion of the pin. The garnets have not all been set to the same depth due to variations in the casting, giving some a darker coloration than others. Reference: cf. a slightly simpler variant in West. S. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Finds From Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 84, Ipswich, 1998 pl.VIII(2)and cf. the example from Weimar (Germany) in Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period. Europe Without Borders, München, 2007, item V.3.1.1. Published: Hammond, Brett. British Artefacts, volume 1 - Early Anglo-Saxon. Restored, otherwise in good very fine condition. Provenance: found Lincolnshire, England. [No export licence will be granted for this item, UK sale only]


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