Thuringian 'Beast-Headed' Radiate-Headed Bow Brooch 019187

Thuringian 'Beast-Headed' Radiate-Headed Bow Brooch 019187
Thuringian 'Beast-Headed' Radiate-Headed Bow Brooch
Silver-gilt, 14.55 grams, 60.79 mm. 5th-6th century AD. A finely decorated example of an evolved radiate-headed bow brooch. The D-shaped headplate features a stylized beast-head with elliptical eyes and bilinear muzzle within a raised border with punched zigzag decoration filled with niello. Surrounding the headplate is a series of ten discoid lobes fused into a single feature. The shallow bow comprises two outer plain ridges and a central ridge with punched zigzag decoration; this feature continues along both sides of the convex footplate, enclosing a panel of three-band Style I decoration. The finial is a beast-head in plan with raised brow and prominent eyes. The pin lugs and catchplate are in place on the rear. Reference: cf. the similar brooches from grave 57 at Elstertrebnitz (Saxony) in Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period. Europe Without Borders, Berlin, 2007 p.388 item V.3.5. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
 
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