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Square-Headed Bow Brooch

Date:
second half 6th century
Culture:
Frankish
Medium:
Silver-gilt, niello
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 15/16 x 9/16 x 1 3/4 in. (10 x 1.4 x 4.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.193.73
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 Niederbreisig, western Germany; Friedrich Queckenberg, Niederbreisig, Germany; Joseph Queckenberg, Niederbreisig, Germany; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Ricketson, Edith B. "Barbarian Jewelry of the Merovingian Period." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 5, no. 5 (January 1947). p. 139.

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. 234-235, 354, fig. 20.14.



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