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Purse Mount in the Form of a Bird

first half 6th century
Copper alloy, "tinned" surface
Overall: 1 5/16 x 1 9/16 x 1/4 in. (3.4 x 4 x 0.7 cm)
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
These objects were used as decorative appliqués on a purse that would have hung from a strap.
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. pp. 260, 348-349, fig. 21.53.

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