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Bow Brooch

Date:
500–550
Culture:
Frankish
Medium:
Silver-gilt, niello, garnets
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 7/8 x 3 3/4 x 3/8 in. (4.7 x 9.5 x 1 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.191.173
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
The bow brooch was a component of many Germanic women’s dress. In Frankish territory brooches were generally worn in pairs, as decorative elements on a strap hanging from the belt. The bow refers to the bend or curve that links two terminals.
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Brown, Katharine R. Guide to Provincial Roman and Barbarian Metalwork and Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1981. pp. 12-13, fig. 12.

Brown, Katharine R. Frankish Art in American Collections. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1984. p. 23, fig. 12, Front cover illustration.

Brown, Katharine R. Migration Art, A.D. 300-800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 5, p. 8.

Brown, Katharine R., Dafydd Kidd, and Charles T. Little, ed. From Attila to Charlemagne: Arts of the Early Medieval Period in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. p. 220, 233, 348, fig. 19.7, 20.13.



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