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mount / disc brooch

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Mount of gilded copper alloy with a tinned edge, converted for wear as a disc brooch by the addition of iron pin-fittings riveted to the back; the cast decoration consists of a border of three panels of running interlace knots separated by three smaller, sub-rectangular panels of interlace and enclosing three leaping, dolphin-like creatures arranged nose to tail in an arcade around a raised central roundel; the creatures have long snouts, tear-shaped eyes and tapering, cable-patterned bodies; the roundel contains a quatrefoil motif and is encircled by a billeted border divided from the bellies of the creatures by three panels of interlace knots between pairs of ribbed triangles; the panels and roundel are delineated from each other by plain ribs.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 8thC(late)-9thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 59.1 millimetres
    • Height: 6.7 millimetres (rim)
  • Curator's comments

    Comment from Kidd, Haith & Ager 'Summary Catalogue' (draft MS)

    MS label:
    Long Barrow Braendtmö, Lilleberre
    Overhalvden, Namdalen, Norway, Sept. 23-24, 86

    As registration no. 1891,1021.9 (COCKS A.H. 1891. Catalogue of the Scandinavian Exhibition of Antiquities and other objects collected by Alfred Heneage Cocks, on view at the Royal Archaeological Institute, June 1891, 2nd ed. London, cat. no. 49)The reuse of an Insular mount as a disc brooch may be paralleled by the example from Komnes, Norway.


  • Location

    On display: G41/dc25/sA

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1886

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


Gilded copper alloy circular mount converted into a disc brooch.


Gilded copper alloy circular mount converted into a disc brooch.

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