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Bow Brooch

late 5th–early 6th century
Made in Germany
Length of each: 3 7/16 x 2 5/16 x 1/2 in. (8.7 x 5.9 x 1.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Alastair Bradley Martin, 1948
Accession Number:
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.
Probably found in northern France; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York]; Alastair Bradley Martin, Glen Head, NY (until 1948)
Miner, Dorothy, ed. Early Christian and Byzantine Art: An Exhibition Held at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Baltimore: Walters Art Museum, 1947. no. 891, p. 171, pl. LVI.

Brown, Katharine R. Guide to Provincial Roman and Barbarian Metalwork and Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1981. p. 6-7, fig. 6.

Brown, Katharine R. Migration Art, A.D. 300-800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 41, pp. 32-34.

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. 332-333, 357, fig. 20.11.

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