Anglo-Saxon 'Tiermensch' Disc Brooch 020288

Anglo-Saxon 'Tiermensch' Disc Brooch 020288
Anglo-Saxon 'Tiermensch Male Faces' Salin's Style I Disc Brooch
Copper-alloy gilt, 4.11 grams, 25.50 mm. 5th-6th century AD. A flat cast plate with decoration in Salin's Style I, probably from a disc brooch. The inner reserved area is an expanding-arm cross terminating in a coiled limb; in the keystone voids between the arms are male faces with a prominent nose, c-shaped hair, pellet eyes and cheeks and triangular chin. Outside this is a field of ring-chain ornamentation executed in bilinear style. The border is plain; on the reverse is an attachment point. The male face with animal-body is an expression of the classic Style I design, the beast-man or 'Tiermensch' which symbolises the spiritual transformation of the human form into an animal form. Reference: cf. the designs on applied disc brooches from Cambridgeshire in Hines, J. The Anglo-Saxon Archaeology pf the Cambridge Region and the Middle Anglian Kingdom in Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History, vol. 10, Oxford, 1999 p.139. Very fine condition, much gilding remaining. Provenance: from an old collection.
 
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