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Londesborough brooch
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This large silver and gold cloak brooch was made in Ireland over a thousand years ago. It has been decorated in the style of “Insular” Celtic art that was common in Ireland at this time, which combined Celtic, Germanic and classical elements. It is covered with complex patterns of interlace, spirals, animal and bird motifs. Unusually, this fine decoration was cast with the body of the brooch rather than soldered on separately.

The glittering effect has been heightened through the use of chip-carving, best seen on the panels of interlace. Two L-shaped fields at the top corners of the pin once held blue glass. The back of the brooch is also decorated with amber and two inset gilt-bronze discs with Celtic triskele motifs.

The brooch is named after the I Baron Londesborough, from whose collection it came.

Londesborough brooch

From Ireland, VIII-IX century AD.
L. (pin) 24 cm.
D. (hoop) 10,2 cm.

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