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The Dowgate Hill Brooch

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  • Title (object)

    • The Dowgate Hill Brooch
  • Description

    Gold disc brooch decorated with bust in cloisonné enamel and border of filigree and granulation set with four pearls.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 10thC(late)-11thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 3.6 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    An early date for the central enamelled disc is considered by Haseloff (1990, 98, fig. 96).Published:

    Charles Roach Smith, Catalogue of the Museum of London antiquities, collected by, and the property of Charles Roach Smith (1854), pp. 104-105 with engraving facing p. 104

  • Bibliography

    • Tait 1976 258 bibliographic details
    • Tait 1986a 306 bibliographic details
    • Marzinzik 2013 72 bibliographic details
    • Westermann-Angerhausen 1983 8 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G41/dc3/sC

  • Exhibition history

    2000 17 Jun-10 Dec, Italy, Brescia, Santa Giulia Museo della Città, The Future of the Longobards - Italy during the construction of Charlemagne’s Europe
    1999 08 Sep-2000 09 Jan, London, Museum of London, 'Alfred the Great 849-899: London's forgotten King'

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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