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square-headed brooch

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1867,0729.5

  • Description

    Silver-gilt square-headed brooch. The head is decorated with a framed Style I panel between scrolls and animals; the foot is lobed and ornamented with a with mask; geometric terminal.

  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC(early)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Type series

    • Leeds A2
  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 13.8 centimetres
    • Width: 6.65 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Scientific analysis (AR2008/84) confirmed the material of the brooch as silver. The alloy is, however, of very poor quality, with the silver content identified via XRF surface analysis as only ca. 30%.

  • Bibliography

    • Tait 1986a 231 bibliographic details
    • Marzinzik 2013 42 bibliographic details
    • Leeds 1949 8 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G41/dc6/sB

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2009 11 Dec-2010 10 May, Madrid, Canal de Isabel II, Treasures of the World’s Cultures
    2009 1 May-20 Sep, Victoria, Royal BC Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    1977 Aug-Oct, Dublin, National Museum of Ireland, ROSC 77: Early Animal Art to 800 AD

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1867

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1855

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1867,0729.5

Gilt silver square-head brooch; head with framed Style I panel between scrolls & animals; lobed foot with mask; geometric terminal.

Gilt silver square-head brooch; head with framed Style I panel between scrolls & animals; lobed foot with mask; geometric terminal.

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