Anglo-Saxon 'Style I' Small-Long Brooch 026725

Anglo-Saxon 'Style I' Small-Long Brooch 026725
Anglo-Saxon 'Style I' Small-Long Brooch
Gilt copper-alloy, 7.74 grams, 40.59 mm. 6th century AD. A cast copper-alloy brooch fragment comprising the headplate and bow. The headplate is elliptical with a styled human mask to the central panel, executed in the three-band style of Style I motifs, with the scaphoid mouth element seen on contemporary button brooches. The head is flanked by D-shaped lobes with Y-shaped indents and surmounted by a discoid lobe with beast-head detail. The bow is D-section with deep lateral channels to the outer face. The attachment for the pin-lugs is absent from the reverse. Reference: cf. contemporary Thuringian bow-brooch from Elstertrebnitz published in Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period. Europe Without Borders, Berlin, 2007 items V.1.3.1 and V.2.1.2. Very fine condition, some gilding remaining. Provenance: from an old English collection; acquired in the 1980s.
 
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