Overall: 4 13/16 x 15/16 x 1 9/16 in. (12.3 x 2.4 x 4 cm)
Purchase, Alastair B. Martin Gift, 1992
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
This lovely bronze brooch dates from the sixth century B.C. Brooches like these are characterized as serpentine because of their twisting, snakelike shape. Brooches of this type are found all over western and central Europe, most often in Italy. Both men and women are buried with them, and although they are usually made from bronze, examples have also been found made from gold, silver, and even iron.
W. Bastiaan Blok, The Netherlands (sold 1992)
Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 6, p. 14.