Lot 876: Iron Age Enamelled Brooch and Chain Set
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 3rd-5th century AD. A Kiev culture necklace and pendant suite comprising: two trapezoidal openwork plaques with loops to the rear, red and white enamelled panels, bar with rings to the broad end; two rectangular openwork plaques with red enamel geometric detailing, lateral square-section bells; large suspension ring with bronze bands coiled round with D-shaped openwork pendant with red enamel lobed crescent to the top and three circles of red enamel with twisted bar between; large square section bell with lobed corners. 451 grams total, 6-48cm (2 1/4 - 19"). From an old Munich collection; acquired on the German art market before 2000. The Kiev archaeological culture was located in the basin of the rivers Dnieper and Visla between the 3rd and 5th centuries; archaeologists connect this culture with the historical ancestors of the Slavs. However, there are suggestions that in different regions of the Kiev culture the ethnogenetic processes were not the same. In some cases, the Slavic component prevailed, whilst Baltic and others were dominant elsewhere.
Condition Report: Fine condition. Rare.