Anglo-Saxon 'Horse-Head' Cruciform Brooch 015571

Anglo-Saxon 'Horse-Head' Cruciform Brooch 015571
Large Anglo-Saxon 'Horse-Head' Cruciform Brooch
Copper-alloy, 115 grams, 146 mm. 5th-6th century AD. A good example of the larger form of cruciform broooch. The rectangular headplate is decorated with punched decoration in the form of a triangle with a roundel at the apex. The top-knob consists of a short shank surmounted by a collar and upturned animal face with prominent brow and eyes. Two trapezoidal expanding wings flank the headplate which extends to a deep, carinated bow with facetted ends. The footplate is flanked by two spiral lappets and evolves from a transverse banded collar to a stylized horse-head with flared nostrils and pelta-shaped finial. The catchplate and spring-lug are still present. Reference: MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), BAR British Series 230, 1993, pp.101 item 12.16. Published: Hammond, Brett. British Artefacts, volume I - Early Anglo-Saxon. Good very fine condition.
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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