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Gold Disk Brooch

Date:
6th–7th century
Culture:
Frankish
Medium:
Silver-gilt on bronze, with iron pin
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 3/8 x 1/2 in. (3.5 x 1.3 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.193.46
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
The impression was taken from a Roman coin of the emperor Domitian (r. 81–96).

The relief pattern of these brooches was created by working a thin sheet of metal from the reverse side. Roman coins were the inspiration for such designs.
Inscription: (in field, raised) - DOMITAUGGERMOCOS... (rest illegible)
Found in Niederbreisig, western Germany; Friedrich Queckenberg, Niederbreisig, Germany; Joseph Queckenberg, Niederbreisig, Germany; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(1913–1917)
Ricci, Seymour de. Catalogue of a Collection of Germanic Antiquities Belonging to J. Pierpont Morgan. Paris: C. Berger, 1910. no. 46, p. 8, pl. II.

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. 249, 353, fig. 21.27.



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