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equal-arm brooch

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1970,0406.1

  • Description

    Equal-arm brooch, copper alloy with non-ferrous coating. Relief-cast with S-scrolls within arms, animal heads projecting from bars and bow and an egg motif along bow. Faintly beaded outer borders around upper and lower arms. Decorating the longer arm is a pair of double S-scrolls with spiky offshoots and pellets; on the lower arm is a pair of S-scrolls with leaf-shaped terminal and spiky offshoot and pellets. An animal head with neck, ear, and open mouth projects from each arm, and another head which is simpler and thicker, from each side of the bow. The bow is decorated with a row of ring-and-dot punchmarks at each end (three at the bottom and four on the top), and an egg motif in the middle with three vertical bars at the top. Two lateral and integral copper alloy lugs with remains of iron pin, spring and axis bar with a copper alloy applied pin catch, which could be a mend.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 5thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 5.7 centimetres
    • Height: 3.2 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Hirst & Clark 2009 Fig.186; pp.353-4 (Gr 90/3) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G41/dc6

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1993 20 Jun-30 Sep, France, Quimper, Daoulas Abbey, Rome face aux Barbares

  • Condition

    Note Hurst and Clarke, Mucking pt 3, 655!

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1970

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1965-1978.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1970,0406.1

Equal-arm brooch, copper alloy with non-ferrous coating. Relief cast with S-scrolls within arms, animal heads projecting from bars and bow and an egg motif along bow. Faintly beaded outer borders around upper and lower arms. Decorating the longer arm is a pair of double S-scrolls with spiky offshoots and pellets; on the lower arm is a pair of S-scrolls with leaf-shaped terminal and spiky offshoot and pellets. An animal head with neck, ear, and open mouth projects from each arm, and another head which is simpler and thicker, from each side of the bow. The bow is decorated with a row of ring-and-dot punchmarks at each end (three at the bottom and four on the top), and a egg motif in the middle with three vertical bars at the top. Two lateral and integral copper-alloy lugs with remains of iron pin, spring and axis bar with a copper-alloy applied pin catch, which could be a mend.

Equal-arm brooch, copper alloy with non-ferrous coating. Relief cast with S-scrolls within arms, animal heads projecting from bars and bow and an egg motif along bow. Faintly beaded outer borders around upper and lower arms. Decorating the longer arm is a pair of double S-scrolls with spiky offshoots and pellets; on the lower arm is a pair of S-scrolls with leaf-shaped terminal and spiky offshoot and pellets. An animal head with neck, ear, and open mouth projects from each arm, and another head which is simpler and thicker, from each side of the bow. The bow is decorated with a row of ring-and-dot punchmarks at each end (three at the bottom and four on the top), and a egg motif in the middle with three vertical bars at the top. Two lateral and integral copper-alloy lugs with remains of iron pin, spring and axis bar with a copper-alloy applied pin catch, which could be a mend.

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