Anglo-Saxon 'Style I' Florid Cruciform Brooch 016085

Anglo-Saxon 'Style I' Florid Cruciform Brooch 016085
Excessively Rare Anglo-Saxon 'Style I' Florid Cruciform Brooch
Copper-alloy, 110 grams, 129.27 mm. Circa 6th century AD. A cruciform brooch of the later 'florid' form with highly decorative openwork border to the headplate. The headplate comprises a rectangular median plate with lateral wings, enhanced with punched-pellet detail to the sides and top edge of each. A raised square panel is placed centrally. In the middle of each edge is placed a Style I human mask in plan, formed as a T-shaped brow-and-nasal with two pellet eyes; from these develop pairs of Style I profile bird-heads with curved beaks. The bow is thick and deep with facetting at each end. The footplate is rectangular with Style I lappets and punched-pellet border; the transverse collar features two rows of punched-pellet detail. The finial is a further Style I human mask with two columns of punched-pellet detail extending to the peltoid terminal. The overall effect is of a triangular band of Style I openwork ornament broken only at the bow and terminal. To the reverse are the pin-lugs, ferrous stain from the pin and base of the catchplate. The staring male face on the footplate with fierce eyes and prominent moustache probably represents a divinity such as the thunder-god, Thunor (later Thor). Reference: published in Hammond, B. British Artefacts vol.1 - Early Anglo-Saxon, Witham, 2010 fig.1.1.4.1-l. Good extremely fine condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.
 
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