Anglo-Saxon 'Horse-Head' Cruciform Brooch 018123

Anglo-Saxon 'Horse-Head' Cruciform Brooch 018123
Large Anglo-Saxon 'Horse-Head' Cruciform Brooch
Copper-alloy, 46.72 grams, 100.10 mm. 5th-6th century AD. A large robust example of the cruciform brooch type associated with the Anglian settlement area. The rectangular headplate is flanked by expanding lateral wings with a cut-out in the lower edge. Above the headplate is a collared top-knob cast in the round. The deep bow has facetted sections at each end and a broad carination. The footplate features transverse rib collars above a horse-head finial with protrusive discoid eyes and inverted chevron ribbing above the nostrils. The pin-lug on the reverse contains the ferrous residue from the pin's upper end while the deep catchplate also contains the remains of the pin's shaft and point. Reference: MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals) BAR British Series 230, 1993, p.98 item 12.6. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: found Lincolnshire, England.
 
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