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Superb British Pictish Celtic Enameled Dragonesque Brooch c. 1st - 2nd century

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Seller: wear-the-past (2,023) 99.7%, Location: Salisbury, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 371799996642 This is a rare Celtic Dragonesque brooch, dating to the 1st - 2nd century A.D. It is intact with the original red and blue enamel, some of which has bleached to a yellow in the ground. The ears are enameled in a pale blue/white. It has traces of the original tinning, making the brooch appear as silver when new. The brooch is lacking the iron pin, traces of the iron deposit can be seen on the edges.It appears that these brooches were worn as symbols of cultural distinction, likely by the Brigantes or early Picts. Its curving animal heads and bright enameling are typical of Celtic art in northern Britain. Most excavated pieces come from northern England, around the frontier of Hadrians Wall (PAS here). A few found further south in Kent (British Museum here), others from Scotland (here). It would appear this type of brooch is unique to Britain, not a classical type found throughout the rest of the empire. It has been surmised that they were worn by troops on the wall, but I tend to favor the Celts on the other side! The similarities with Pictish art carved on stones, in the shape of beasts has been discussed by Craig Cessford (University of Cambridge) 'Pictish Art and the Sea' here.This is an excellent example intact (except for the iron pin), would make a unique and unusual pendant!OBJECT: Dragonesque BroochCULTURE: Romano-BritishDATE: c. 1st - 2nd century A.D.MATERIAL: Bronze & EnamelSIZE: 42.91mm x14.85mm x 4.74mmWEIGHT: 6.6 gramsPROVENANCE: Found near Reeth, Yorkshire.This item is guaranteed authentic and dates to the period described. A written guarantee can be provided on request. We accept returns if you are not satisfied with your purchase.I am a fully qualified Archaeologist and small finds specialist. All items can be viewed in person on request at Grays, Mayfair in London. Please see my website for details Condition: very good excavated condition, iron pin missing as usual., Type: Brooches, Material: Bronze, Colour: Silver, Culture: Pictish Celtic, Date: c. 1st - 2nd century A.D.

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