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Penannula brooch

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Oval. The loop ending in dragon heads and decorated with niello linial motives. The long movable spike is looped over the ring to form a spiral end.


Baron Gustave de Rothschild (b. 1829 - d. 1911); by descent to his grandson, Baron Henri de Lambert (b. 1887 - d. 1933) and his wife, Baroness Johanna von Reininghaus de Lambert (b. 1899 - d. 1960), Brussels and New York; March 7, 1941, Baroness Lambert sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, lot 32, to Arnold, Seligmann Rey and Co., New York, for the MFA for $70. (Accession Date: March 13, 1941)

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund

possibly English, 10th century (?)

Object Place

England (?)


6.35 x 12.06 cm (2 1/2 x 4 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Metal; silver