Lot 1025: Viking Boar Brooch with Interlaced Panels
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 10th-11th century AD. A bronze boar-head brooch with integral backplate; the body formed as a hollow-cast case with upstanding ears and raised end to the muzzle; reserved raised band to the upper face separating two panels of interlace ornament; to the sides and rear, panels of scrolled interlaced tendrils; backplate with rectangular slot, pin-lugs, round-section pin with flange, integral catchplate. Cf. MacGregor, A. et al. A Summary Catalogue of the Continental Archaeological Collections, Oxford, 1997, items 3.17, 318. 60 grams, 55mm (2 1/4"). From an old English collection; acquired in the early 1990s. The boar's head brooches would have been worn in pairs on tunic straps by women. The boar is associated with the fertility god Frey.
Condition Report: Fine condition.