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Kentish disc brooch

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posted on 26.10.2021, 15:11 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Silver gilt circular brooch, (Leeds Class Ib). Diam. 4.1 cm. Large central circular cell contains a flat disc of white paste(?), and set in top, a circular flat garnet in a beaded collar. Three radiating wedge-shaped garnets touching central cell, and between them and nearer edge, 3 elongated wedge-shaped garnets, all in cast cells and all set on chequered gold foil. Flanking the subsidiary garnets are outward-facing semicircular 'heads', linked below cells by single line. Around the whole a nicked ridge, inside a flat rim with double row of triangles originally niello-filled but most niello now gone, and outside again the rim of the brooch is beaded to simulate a beaded wire collar. Edge rather worn. On back usual simple pin-catch and attachment for missing pin.

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Grave ID

Guilton Grave 19

Object ID

M6009

Catalogue Number

M 6009

Material

white metal, white material, gilt, gold, garnet, inlay, niello (Sonia Hawkes Material Notes; silver, gilt, white paste, garnets, gold foil, niello) (Antiquarian Material; garnets)

Complete Keyword List (Including Alternatives)

Kentish brooch (Sonia Hawkes Keyword; brooch) (Antiquarian Keyword; fibula subnectens)

Status

extant

Location

National Museums Liverpool

Collection

Mayer Collection

Original Collection

Faussett

Category ID

brooch

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