Anglo-Saxon 'Running Spirals' Saucer Brooch 024140

Anglo-Saxon 'Running Spirals' Saucer Brooch 024140
Anglo-Saxon 'Running Spirals' Saucer Brooch
Gilt copper-alloy, 29.29 grams, 54.42 mm. Circa 5th-6th century AD. A large copper-alloy saucer brooch with chip-carved decoration on the gilded face. The rim is broad and flared, surrounding a flat central plate. The central feature is an inserted iron rivet with a broad head; around this a series of seven chip-carved running spirals with notched upper edges; around this a chamfered ridge surrounded by a series of radiating stamped horseshoe motifs. To the reverse, the pin lugs and remains of the catchplate are in place. Reference: cf. the saucer brooch from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, published in MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), item 2.7 with similar spiral motif. Near extremely fine condition, gilding mostly intact. Provenance: from an old English collection.

 
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