Thuringian 'Cross Cercelée' Radiate-Headed Brooch 018864

Thuringian 'Cross Cercelée' Radiate-Headed Brooch 018864
Thuringian 'Cross Cercelée' Radiate-Headed Brooch
Silver gilt, 11.37 grams, 61.26 mm. 5th-6th century AD. A rare form of radiate-headed bow brooch. The D-shaped headplate bears a smaller D-shaped repoussé panel centrally, and five plain discoid lobes. The shallow bow is ribbed with a vesica-shaped design. The footplate is formed as a cruciform (cross cercelée) panel with a central lozenge. The finial is formed as a discoid lobe similar to those on the headplate. The spring-lug and catchplate are in place on the reverse. The unusual footplate, made from four C-shaped elements placed back-to-back, is occasionally found on the headplates of Thuringian bow brooches of this period. Reference: cf. Musées Raoyaux d'Art et d'Histoire Art Merovingien, Bruzelles, 1954 p.55 (vitrine XV) and plate 29. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
 
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