Anglo-Saxon 'Geometric' Bird Brooch 022853

Anglo-Saxon 'Geometric' Bird Brooch 022853
Anglo-Saxon 'Geometric' Bird Brooch
Copper-alloy, 2.89 grams, 37.14 mm. Circa 6th century AD. A cast copper-alloy plate brooch in the form of a stylised bird in profile with large disc eye, recurved beak, elliptical body, forked tail. To the right side is placed the stylised claw. The wing area is filled with geometric linear design. To the reverse, the catchplate and pin-lugs are in place. Brooches of this type depicting a single bird in profile with folded wing, are found in areas associated with the Merovingian Franks and among their neighbours; they were worn by high-status females as part of their formal costume. Reference: Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period - Europe Without Borders, Berlin, 2007 item VII.17.18 and cf. West, S. A Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Finds From Suffolk, East Anglian Archaeology 84, Ipswich, 1998 item 23(7). Extremely fine condition. Provenance: found Nottinghamshire, UK.


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