Anglo-Saxon 'Group I' Great Square-Headed Brooch 020352

Anglo-Saxon 'Group I' Great Square-Headed Brooch 020352
Extremely Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Group I' Great Square-Headed Brooch
Copper-alloy, gilt, 43.92 grams, 106.51 mm. 5th-6th century AD. An elaborate great square-headed brooch of Hines's Group I, closely related to Mitcham grave 225 and Dartford. The trapezoidal headplate is divided into three fields: at the centre above the bow is a plain rectangular raised panel with bevelled edges surrounded by a narrow border; outside this is a field of symmetrically arranged Style I beast-man decoration within a simple raised border; around this is a plain border panel. The shallow bow features substantial median and lateral ribs extending to two curved Style I animal lappets above a lozengiform footplate. The plain frame elements comprise a vertical median rib with curved lateral brackets, within which are two panels of Style I animal ornament. The lateral lobes are decorated with raised central bosses with incised crosses; the lower bulbous lobe bears a similar boss. The original heavy gilding is largely absent but remains in a few recesses. The catchplate is part of a strengthening rib on the reverse, and the spring-lugs are present with the partial remains of the iron pin and fabric still in place. References: cf. Mitcham 225 brooch in Hines, J. A New Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Great Square-Headed Brooches, London, 1997 p.24ff and pl.1. Very fine condition, with some traces of gilding and a fragment of the original cloth still attached to the pin-hinge. Provenance: from an old English collection, found Suffolk, England.
 
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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