Object Description

A large Visigothic bronze radiate-headed brooch with five radiating knobs. This leads to an arching bow which connects with a footplate which terminates in what appears to be a head with two facing eyes. The head and footplate is mainly decorated with concentric circular patterns. Reverse with lugs; missing pin as usually is the case.

The Visigoths were a division of the Goths, an East-Germanic people. We have little early information about them but they were the first people to invade Rome and they defeated the Roman Emperor, Valens, in battle. Their tumultuous trouble with the Roman Empire culminated in the sack and invasion of Rome in 410 A.D. which was the first time Rome had been taken by a foreign army and it signalled the start of the Empire’s decline. After the invasion, the Visigoths came to occupy what is now southwestern France and the Iberian Peninsula from the 5th to the 8th centuries. They lost much of their Kingdom when they were invaded by the Franks, occupying a small strip of land called Septimania. They were eventually overthrown by the Muslims in 711 A.D.

NB. Not supplied with stand.

Object Condition

Fine condition with some signs of ageing and green patina on the surface.

Object Classification

  • material
  • dimensions
    H:17.2 centimeters

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