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bird brooch

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  • Description

    Silver bird brooch: profile bird of prey; cast oblique ribbing on body; horn above blue glass cabochon eye; concentric ribs on wedge-saped tail; pair with no. 24.

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    • 6thC
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 2.8 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Pair with 1902,1108.24Comment from Kidd, Haith & Ager ‘Summary Catalogue’ (draft MS)

    Unrecorded, but said to be from "the district of the Rhine and Moselle", Germany; recent research has shown that the vendor has been notoriously unreliable.

    Given by The Friends of The British Museum
    Acquired from David Reiling of Mainz through Max Rosenheim

    THIRY G. 1939. Die Vogelfibeln der Germanischen Völkerwanderungszeit, Rheinische Forschungen zur Vorgeschichte III. Bonn, p. 112 no. 469, pl. 20:469
    PIJOÁN J. 1942. Summa Artis. Historia General del Arte vol VIII Arte bárbaro y prerrománico desde el siglo IV hasta el año 1000. Madrid, p. 199 fig. 267, 5 right


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