Anglo-Saxon 'Group I' Cruciform Brooch 021331

Anglo-Saxon 'Group I' Cruciform Brooch 021331
Anglo-Saxon 'Group I' Cruciform Brooch
Copper-alloy, 12.92 grams, 58.42 mm. 5th century AD. A good example of one of the earliest types of cruciform brooch, the Group I is distinguished by its single knop which is cast in the round. The headplate is flat and rectangular, the bow deep with a longitudinal incised line, the footplate facetted and the finial in the form of a horse-head with protruding eyes, chevron muzzle and rounded nostril-lobes. The catchplate is in place on the reverse; the spring lug is buried in a ferrous accretion, the remains of the pin. This form of brooch dates from the middle decades of the 5th century, and gave rise to the elaborate cruciform types of the 6th and 7th century. Reference: Hattatt, R. Brooches of Antiquity, Oxford, 1987 item 1297-9. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Harston, Cambridgeshire, England.
 
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