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Rare Anglo Saxon Gilt Bronze Square Headed Brooch - 525 AD

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Seller: artancientltd (9,497) 99.2%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: US, Item: 291173393203 An early medieval Anglo-Saxon gilt bronze square-headed brooch, dating to the early 6th century AD. Dazzling in its skill, inventiveness and exuberance, this square-headed brooch is a rare and beautiful example of the complexity of early Anglo-Saxon art. On the rectangular head-plate an intricate border of scrolls derived from late Roman metalwork runs around the top and sides. The inner panel is a convoluted mix of gripping limbs and animal face masks. Below the head-plate, the curving bow leads the eye down to the ghostly human face which lies at the centre, flanked by two birds, their heads bowed and beaks curving gracefully inwards. The foot-plate is in the form of a highly stylised horse's head, reduced to the essence of form, with two serpent like figures flanking the sides of the muzzle. The rich mixture of animal and human images throughout the piece is a joyful enigma, a puzzle for the viewer to deconstruct, this love of riddles shapes both Anglo-Saxon art and literature. Here we can see how each image is separate, yet connected to those around it. This directly relates to both the mythical and real world that the Anglo-Saxons inhabited, where man and beast were enemies, yet ultimately dependent upon one another. The primary motif of a human face flanked by two bird-like creatures is a depiction of Woden, accompanied by his two ravens Huginn and Muninn (thought and memory). Such a grand piece would have been worn at feasts and ritual ceremonies, its restless surface, glimmering in the firelight of the feasting hall, would have made a powerful visual statement to all those who were present. For an article on imagery and patterns in Anglo-Saxon art by the British Museum, please see this link. Height: 5 inches. Condition: Small area of right terminal reattached. Overall very good condition for a brooch of this size and quality. Provenance: Ex. British private collection. Please note: (1) The stand is the property of the photography studio and is not included in the sale price. (2) An EU export licence will be required to export this item outside of Europe: 1) This process is free of charge & we will submit all the documents for you. 2) In the unlikely event the license is refused, you will be refunded in full. 3) The licence is normally takes 4 weeks although this may be sooner. 4) A valid export licence affirms the legal status of a relevant ancient item on the art market. It is important for the investment value of the piece. Authenticity All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold. We send paper invoices incorporating a signed certificate of authenticity and photograph of the item. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not aim to profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. For eBay customers If you wish to leave us a note or have a special request for delivery, please do not use the "item notes" on the ebay checkout. Instead, please send your request via the contact seller link. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. We are not responsible for customs delays/duties. As legitimate sellers, we abide by United Kingdom and European Union Export regulations. We do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. ArtAncient Limited is registered in England no. 06376708 Vat registration no: GB 948 9832 53. Services & Partners: inkFrog Analytics Original or Reproduction: Original, Culture: Anglo-Saxon, Genuine or Reproduction: Genuine, Type: Square headed brooch

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