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Lot 945: Anglo-Saxon Lozenge-Shaped Plate Brooch
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 8th-9th century AD. A flat-section lozenge plate brooch with lateral piercings and hooked catchplate to the lower angle; the face with a repeated pattern of tight rectangular scrolls in a 4x4 grid; two rivets to the upper angle, perhaps to attach a replacement for the absent pin. Cf. examples in Hammond, B. British Artefacts vol.2 - Middle Saxon & Viking, Witham, 2010, items 1.1.6-a-d. 9.09 grams, 78mm (3"). Found Cambridgeshire, UK. In the Book of Kells on folio 7v, Mary is shown nursing the infant Jesus, wearing a red robe pinned by a lozenge plate brooch with grid design: see Hammond (2010) fig.1.1.6. This is believed to be the earliest depiction of Mary in a western European manuscript.
Condition Report: Fair condition. Rare.