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radiate-headed brooch

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  • Description

    Silver-gilt radiate-headed brooch. Small head-plate with eleven knobs in the form of animal masks applied to a separate outer bar on copper alloy balusters. Oval foot-plate with profiled bird head lappets and animal mask terminal, apparently a boar, flanked by bird and animal heads; cast Style II animal and geometric interlace; niello inlay; ribbed wire enrichments; cast gilded pin-catch, transversely ribbed, with animal mask terminal.


  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 7thC(early)
  • Findspot

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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 163 millimetres
    • Width: 96 millimetres
    • Depth: 15 millimetres
    • Weight: 204 grammes
  • Curator's comments

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

    KEMBLE J.M. 1863. ed. R.G. Latham and A.W. Franks, Horae Ferales - Studies in the Archaeology of the Northern Nations. London, p. 211 fig. 1, pl. XXVIII:1
    THOMSON S. 1872. British Museum Photographs. London, pl. no. 920:5
    HILDEBRAND H. 1880. Studier i jämförande fornforskning. I. Bidrag til spännets Historia, Ant Tid Sver 4, Stockholm, p. 226, fig. 213
    SÖDERBERG S. 1905. Om djurornamentiken under Folkvandringstiden, Ant Tid Sver 11, no. 3. Stockholm, p. 70
    BOULANGER C. 1909. Le Cimetière Franco-Mérovingien et Carolingien de Marchélepot (Somme). Étude sur l'Origine de l'Art Barbare. Paris, pp. 60-2, 67, fig. 57
    ÅBERG N. 1922. Die Franken und Westgoten in der Völkerwanderungszeit, Vilhelm Ekmans Universitetsfond 28. Uppsala, pp. 149, 265 no. 135, fig. 231
    ÅBERG N. 1923. Die Goten und Langobarden in Italien, Vilhelm Ekmans Universitetsfond 29. Uppsala, pp. 22, 61, 162, fig. 98
    SMITH R.A. 1923. A Guide to the Anglo-Saxon and Foreign Teutonic Antiquities in the Department of British and Mediaeval Antiquities. London, p. 154, fig 208
    VON JENNY W.A. and VOLBACH W.F. 1933. Germanischer Schmuck des frühen Mittelalters. Berlin pp. 24, 29, 43, pl. 25:1
    KOSSINNA G. 1939. Germanische Kultur im I. Jahrtausend, Mannus Bücherei, no. 50. Leipzig, p. 300, fig. 347
    SCHAFFRAN E. 1941. Die Kunst der Langobarden In Italien. Jena, pp. 121-2, pl. 50c (false provenance)
    ÅBERG N. 1945. The Occident and the Orient in the Art of the Seventh Century Part II Lombard Italy, KVHAA Handlingar 56:2. Stockholm, pp. 91-2, 118, fig. 85:3
    WERNER J. 1950. Die Langobardischen Fibeln aus Italien. Berlin, pp. 22 no. A84, 58, pl. 20: A84
    HOLMQVIST W. 1955. Germanic Art during the First Millennium AD, KVHAA Handlingar 90. Stockholm, p. 41, pl. XXVIII:69
    SALIN E. 1959. La Civilisation Mérovingienne d'après les Sépultures, les Textes et le Laboratoire, 4 vols, 4, Les Croyances, conclusions - Index général. Paris, p. 172, fig. 49
    ROTH H. 1973. Die Ornamentik der Langobarden in Italien. Eine Untersuchung zur Stilentwicklung anhand der Grabfunde, Antiquitas series 3 in quarto 15. Bonn, pp. 78-81, 276 7b, figs. 61 2, pl. 11:1
    HASELOFF G. 1974. Der germanische Tierstil. Seine Anfänge und der Beitrag der Langobarden, La Civiltà dei Longobardi in Europa, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Quaderno no. 189, Rome, p. 383, fig. 3, pl. XIV
    KÜHN H. 1974. Die germanischen Bügelfibeln der Völkerwanderungszeit in Süddeutschland, 2 vols, Graz, vol. 2, p. 1234 no. 29, pl. 328:96,29
    Mittelalters, Veröffentlichung des Alemannischen Instituts Freiburg i Br., no. 37, Bühl/Baden, 113-22
    VON HESSEN O. 1975b. Secondo Contributo alla Archeologia Longobarda in Toscana. Reperti isolati e di provenienza incerta, Accademia Toscana di Scienze e Lettere "La Colombaria", Studi XLI. Florence, pp. 103-4, pl. 34
    KENT J.P.C. and PAINTER K.S. (eds) 1977. Wealth of the Roman World AD 300-700. London, p. 139 no. 298
    HOLMQUIST, W. 1977. Vår Tidiga Konst. Stockholm, p. 65, fig. 76
    ROTH H. 1986. Kunst und Handwerk im frühen Mittelalter. Stuttgart, pp. 139, 270 no. 31, pl. 31
    DORIGO W. 1988. L'arte metallurgica dei Longobardi, Arte Medievale ser II, II,1, Rome, pp. 40-1, fig. 8MENIS, G.C. (ed.), 1992, 'I Longobardi', Milan, 225-6, cat. V.4.


  • Bibliography

    • Tait 1976 199 bibliographic details
    • Tait 1986a 241 bibliographic details
    • Speake 1980 pl 16k bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G41/dc19

  • Exhibition history

    2012-2013 Nov-Mar, Bonn, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle, Treasures of the World's Cultures

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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COMPASS Title: Gilded silver brooch

COMPASS Title: Gilded silver brooch

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