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Anglo-Saxon Long Brooch with Mask

Antiquities - Saxon


LOT 0355

Estimate
GBP (£) 300 - 400
EUR (€) 350 - 470
USD ($) 390 - 520
Additional Fees*

Opening Bid: £300 (EUR 350; USD 390)
ANGLO-SAXON LONG BROOCH WITH MASK
6th century AD

A bronze bow brooch with rectangular headplate and beast-heads to the upper corners, deep bow, footplate with beast-head lappets and horse-head terminal with stylised human mask on the muzzle; pin-lug to the reverse. 60 grams, 11.5cm (4 1/2").

Condition
Fine condition. Very rare.

Provenance
Property of an Essex gentleman; acquired in the late 1970s.

Literature
Cf. MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals) items 15.38, 15.39.

Footnotes
Brooches such as these were in widespread use throughout the Migration period in northern Germany, Scandinavia and Anglo-Saxon England. They were worn by all levels of society as practical safety pins for securing garments, and the decoration on them suggest Germanic religious beliefs, with the face masks possibly representing deities.

Date
Monday 27th February 2017 :
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