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Bow Brooch

Date:
400–450
Culture:
East Germanic
Medium:
Silver with gold-sheet overlay and garnets
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 9/16 x 2 7/16 x 1 3/8 in. (16.7 x 6.2 x 3.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.100.19
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
This brooch is a luxury version of the kind worn by eastern Germanic women living along the Danube River in the 300s and 400s. It undoubtedly belonged to an aristocratic woman as part of a rich ensemble of gold jewelry consisting of armlets, rings, and collars with pendants.
R. Martins Reay, Brooklyn, NY (sold 1936); Sotheby's, London(July 28, 1936, no. 79); [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1936–sold 1947)]
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