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Fuller Brooch

Fuller Brooch
Fuller Brooch as displayed in the British Museum
Material Silver and niello
Size 11.4 cm in diameter
Created Late 9th Century AD
Present location British Museum, London
Registration M&ME 1952,0404.1
The Strickland Brooch, also in the British Museum

The Fuller Brooch is an Anglo-Saxon silver and niello brooch dated to the late 9th century, which is now in the British Museum, where it is normally on display in Room 41.[1] The elegance of the engraved decoration depicting the Five Senses, highlighted by being filled with niello, makes it one of the most highly regarded pieces of Anglo-Saxon art.

Contents

  • Description 1
  • History of ownership 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Description

The brooch is a large disc made of hammered sheet silver inlaid with black niello and with a diameter of 114 mm (4.5 in). Its centre roundel is decorated with personifications of the five senses. In the centre is Sight with large staring oval eyes, surrounded by the other four senses, each in his own compartment. Taste has a hand in his mouth. Smell's hands are behind his back, and he stands between two tall plants. Touch rubs his hands together. Hearing holds his hand to his ear. This is the earliest known representation of the five senses. The outer border consists of 16 small medallions decorated with human, bird, animal and plant motifs.[2]

History of ownership

The brooch has survived in excellent condition, although the pin and its attachments have been removed, and the top of the brooch has been perforated for suspension, and it may be the only surviving piece of secular Anglo-Saxon metalwork to remain unburied since its creation. It was thought to be a fake by Sir Charles Hercules Read, Keeper of British and Medieval Antiquities of the British Museum, because of its excellent condition. He advised the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford which had been lent the brooch, to take it off display. It was then bought by Captain A. W. F. Fuller for the price of the silver. After the discovery of the Strickland Brooch, one of the closest parallels to the Fuller Brooch, also 9th century and in the British Museum, additional research determined that the type of niello used in the Fuller Brooch was used only in the medieval period. In 1952 Capt. Fuller donated the brooch to the British Museum on the condition that it henceforth be called the Fuller Brooch.[3][4][5] Stylistically it is "in a very late version of the Trewhiddle style".[6]

References

  1. ^ David Mackenzie Wilson (1964), Catalogue of antiquities of the later Saxon period, British Museum,  
  2. ^  
  3. ^ Trustees, British Museum. (1952), The British museum quarterly, Volume 17, Trustees of the British Museum, p. 75 
  4. ^ Harden, Donald Benjamin (1956), Dark-age Britain, Taylor & Francis, p. 174 
  5. ^ British Museum Collection [2]
  6. ^ Webster, Leslie, Anglo-Saxon Art, p. 154, 2012, British Museum Press, ISBN 9780714128092

External links

  • The Fuller Brooch - The British Museum (with link to Strickland Brooch)
  • Image of Fuller Brooch
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