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Bow Brooch

Date:
500–550
Culture:
Frankish
Medium:
Silver, gilt and cast; garnet with unpatterned foil backing; bone; iron spring/pin
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 1/16 x 3 3/8 x 3/8 in. (5.2 x 8.5 x 1 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.191.175
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.
Found in Rosay, northern France; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
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. 20, 348, fig. 3.9.



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