Anglo-Saxon 'Great Square-Headed' Bow Brooch Fragments 019479

Anglo-Saxon 'Great Square-Headed' Bow Brooch Fragments 019479
Anglo-Saxon 'Great Square-Headed' Bow Brooch Fragments
Copper-alloy gilt, 2.30/7.23 grams, 24.18/31.73 mm. 5th-6th century AD. Two fragments from a great square-headed brooch. The first is a portion of the footplate complete with one of the lateral lobes and the animal-head element above it, decorated with zoomorphic patterns in the classic three-band Style I format. The second was probably originally part of the headplate, but has been pierced as if the brooch broke in antiquity and the more decorative portions were re-used as pendants; it features a Style I three-band animal. The gilding on both parts is very solid, the surfaces are very detailed and the designs are still clear. Reference: cf. the design of the example from Alveston Manor in Hines, J. A New Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Great Square-Headed Brooches, Woodbridge, 1997 plate 1(b) and Pollington. S., Kerr, L. and Hammond, B. Wayland's Work - Anglo-Saxon Art, Myth and Material Culture from the 4th to the 7th Century, Swaffham, 2010. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection, found Stamford Bridge, Yorkshire, England.
 
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