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Bird-Shaped Brooch

Date:
500–550
Geography:
Made in Kent, England
Culture:
Anglo-Saxon
Medium:
Silver with gilding and garnets; no spring/pin extant
Dimensions:
Overall: 11/16 x 1 1/4 x 5/16 in. (1.7 x 3.1 x 0.8 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.191.19
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Artistic traditions that developed at Kent spread through the export of objects. These two brooches were found in France. Their affinity with objects from Kent suggests that they were exports or copies of exports.
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Baye, J. B. Le Cimetière wisigothique d'Herpes, Charente: Communication faite au Congrès des Sociétés savante à la Sorbonne dans la séance du 23 Mai 1891. Bulletin et Mémoires, Vol. 1. Angoulême, 1892. fig. 105, pl. XV, fig. 105.

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. p. 14, fig. 17.

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. 23, 283, 344, fig. 3.11b.



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