Anglo-Saxon 'Garnet Eye' Bird Brooch 020533

Anglo-Saxon 'Garnet Eye' Bird Brooch 020533
Anglo-Saxon 'Garnet Eye' Bird Brooch
Copper-alloy and garnet, 4.92 grams, 37.32 mm. 6th century AD. An unusual cast bird-brooch modelled as a D-section head and body with a flat, trapezoidal tail. The neck is marked by a zone of transverse banding, and the wing is separated from the rest of the body by a similar feature. The bird's eye is created from an inset garnet cloison. The pin-lug in place on the reverse, within the iron corrosion products from the pin; the catchplate is mostly present. Bird brooches are a Frankish fashion, adopted across northern Europe in the Merovingian period. Reference: cf. MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), Oxford, 1993, p.154. Very fine condition. Provenance: found at Thetford, Norfolk, England.
 
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