Thuringian 'Addorsed Scrolls' Radiate-Headed Brooch 019817

Thuringian 'Addorsed Scrolls' Radiate-Headed Brooch 019817
Very Rare Thuringian 'Addorsed Scrolls' Radiate-Headed Brooch
Silver-gilt, 11.48 grams, 69.45 mm. 6th century AD. A traditional Frankish bow-brooch comprising a D-shaped headpate with a border bearing punched triangles with niello inlay. The inner field comprises a reserved triangle flanked by scrolls. Around the outer edge is a series of five lobes formed as a tongue-shaped plate with a thick collar. The bow is decorated with five longitudinal ribs, the middle one broader and decorated with offset, opposed punched triangles. The lozengiform footplate features a border decorated with punched triangles surrounding an inner field of four opposed scrolls above a triangle with a median bar. The footplate is formed as a stylized animal-head with a thick brow developing into a nasal bar, almond-shaped eyes and plain lower face. On the reverse, the pieced pin-lug and catchplate are in situ and complete; the pin was lost in antiquity. The brooch is similar in shape and most details of decoration to a pair of radiate-headed bow-brooches from Grave 57 in the Thuringian cemetery at Weimar, Germany, published by Menghin. The finial resembles the human masks found on contemporary Scandinavian brooches more than the normal beast-heads of Merovingian Frankish bow-brooches. Reference: Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period. Europe Without Borders, p.388 item V.3.5.1. Good very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
 
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