Brooch, Gepids, Solar Bird, ca. late 5th Cent, Scarce
Copper alloy; 27mm/4.2gm
Con/ Attachment clasp broken, otherwise, about as fabricated
Seller's Note/ Bird because of the four bird heads, but solar because of the round form and fact that overall it, like the similar but earlier swastika, was a solar symbol. Similar types were used from the 5th-7th c AD and are found from the Caucasus to southern France. They are generally considered Germanic. This specific form was used by the Germanic tribes from circa 470/480 into at least the mid-6th century.
While bird head fibula are too often attributed to the Gepids, it seems that this type, especially as it was found in the middle Danubian region is quite likely Gepid, or at least was used by the Gepids among others.