Bronze brooch from Tincry, France

Archaeology and Anthropology Collections

Tincry brooch

This bronze brooch is a magnificent piece of early Celtic art. It has been cast, then worked out to form the shape of a duck’s back and head. The eyes of the duck are inlayed with coral from the Mediterranean. The form and decoration of the brooch are typical for the early Latène period of Central and Western Europe, so it can be dated to c.450 BC.

The brooch was found in Summer 2008 during excavations conducted by Dr Volker Heyd for the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, at the hill fort of Tincry in central Lorraine, Eastern France.

  • Photographer: Volker Heyd
  • Copyright: University of Bristol
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