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Pair of Kentish disc brooches

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posted on 27.10.2021, 15:33 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Brent 1863, 315-6: The Fibulae. The circular fibulae are nearly alike in size and pattern. In the centre of one is a garnet, surrounded by ivory; in that of the other is a pale green stone, surrounded also by ivory, but raised slightly above it by a gold beading. Three sliced garnets radiate from the centre of each, the intervals between the stones being ornamented with an indented pattern. They are both of bronze, with the faces gilt, and their diameters measure rather less than an inch and a quarter.Two small circular bronze fibulae.1) diam 3cm, nielloed zig-zag band inside beaded frame. Central garnet in white shell substance set in gold collar. Animal ornament between wedge-shaped garnets in degenerate helmet Style I, only head and legs clearly visible.2) diam. 3.1cm. Punched decoration around rim. Double band of nielloed triangles inside this. Central setting apparently lapis lazuli set in beaded gold collar on white shell. Animal ornament again stylised.

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Grave ID

Sarre Grave 4

Object ID

Sar4_fibulae

Catalogue Number

KAS 401 & KAS 402

Material

copper alloy, white material, niello, gold, garnet, inlay, gilt (Sonia Hawkes Material Notes; bronze, niello, shell, gold, garnets, lapis lazuli) (Antiquarian Material; bronze, garnet, ivory, stone, gold, gilt)

Complete Keyword List (Including Alternatives)

Kentish brooches (Sonia Hawkes Keyword; fibulae) (Antiquarian Keyword; fibulae)

Status

extant

Location

Maidstone Museum

Collection

Kent Archaeological Society

Category ID

brooch

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