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Frankish Triangular-Headed Bow Brooch

Antiquities - Germanic


LOT 0347

Estimate
GBP (£) 300 - 400
EUR (€) 340 - 450
USD ($) 400 - 530
Additional Fees*

Opening Bid: £300 (EUR 338; USD 399)
FRANKISH TRIANGULAR-HEADED BOW BROOCH
5th-6th century AD

The majority of a silver-gilt bow brooch of 'asymmetric' type; sub-triangular headplate formed as a semicircular panel to the top of the bow, decorated with chip-carved running spirals and three smaller semicircular panels radiating from this, each decorated with three roundels within collars; surrounding strip with chip-carved key-step decoration, extending to above the upper panel and a discoid lobe with spiral joining the border; symmetrically placed quadrangular slots parallel to the outer edges; bow with three heavy moulded ribs with longitudinal detailing, panels of key-step decoration between; footplate with similar designs to the headplate, lacking the lobes; the remains of two circular piercings on the lower edge; remains of pin-lugs to the reverse. 39 grams, 67mm (2 3/4").

Condition
Very fine condition, lower part missing.

Provenance
From an old English collection; acquired continental Europe.

Literature
Cf. asymmetric brooches from Beauvais, France in MacGregor, A. et al. A Summary Catalogue of the Continental Archaeological Collections, Oxford, 1997, item 66.1.

Date
Monday 27th February 2017 :
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