Anglo-Saxon 'Lobed' Cross Brooch 018878

Anglo-Saxon 'Lobed' Cross Brooch 018878
Anglo-Saxon 'Lobed' Cross Brooch
Copper-alloy, 12.37 grams, 38.12 mm. 6th-8th century AD. An unusual form of Anglo-Saxon cross brooch formed as a central lobe with ring-and-dot motif surrounded by four lobed arms, each bearing a ring-and-dot motif. The pin-lugs and catchplate are present on the reverse. Cross brooches were in use in the pre-Christian period where they probably represent a simplified form of the brooch-type comprising four animal-heads; they appear to have continued in use into the Christian Middle Saxon period. Reference: MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), BAR British Series 230, 1993, p.153 item 20.2. Published: Hammond, Brett. British Artefacts, volume 2 - Middle Saxon & Viking, Witham, 2010. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Dorset, England.
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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