Lot 1114: Viking Hiberno-Norse Gilt Brooch
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 7th-8th century AD. A detailed gilt bronze plate brooch comprising a billeted flange and hemispherical boss with six running scroll motifs executed in three-line bands, hexafoil plate with central knop; stud passing through the boss and pined onto the underside; hinge and catchplate to the reverse. Cf. Youngs, S. (ed.) The Work of Angels. Masterpieces of Celtic Metalwork, 6th-9th centuries AD, London, 1989, items 140, 183, 189. 14 grams, 24mm (1"). Found Leicestershire, UK, in the 1930s. The running scroll design is typical of Irish metalwork of the 6th-9th century and the brooch's overall profile is similar to the Steeple Bumpstead (Essex) decorative boss, of 8th century date.
Condition Report: Fine condition.