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Bird-Shaped Brooch

Silver-gilt, garnets; no spring/pin extant
Overall: 11/16 x 1 1/4 x 1/4 in. (1.7 x 3.1 x 0.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Artistic traditions that developed at Kent spread through the export of objects. These five 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)
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. 283, 346, fig. 23.1, 23.2.

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