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Bow Brooch

Date:
late 6th–early 7th century
Geography:
Made in Central Italy
Culture:
Langobardic
Medium:
Silver-gilt, niello
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 3/16 x 3 11/16 x 11/16 in. (15.7 x 9.4 x 1.8 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1955
Accession Number:
55.56
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
The menagerie of zoomorphic creatures here, with ribbonlike bodies and heads with long jaws, characterize Langobardic jewelry in the 500s and early 600s. Animal heads project from the edges, and a stylized human face is hidden on the back.
[ Amedeo Riccardi and Livio Bruschi, Florence (sold 1955)]
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Foltiny, Stephan. "Langobardic Fibulae from Italy in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York." Acta Toscana 1 (1974). p. 29, fig. 3.

Roth, Helmut. "Due "Nuove" Fibule Longobarde ad Arco in Musei Esteri." Forum Iulii II (1978). pp. 23-51, fig. 5-8.

Hibbard, Howard. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Harper & Row, 1980. p. 144, fig. 263.

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. 24-25, fig. 38.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide, edited by Kathleen Howard. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983. no. 13, p. 342.

Brown, Katharine R. "The Langobardic Bow Fibula in New York : Product of a Workshop in Nocera Umbra." Archeologia Medievale 15 (1988). pp. 517-518.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide, edited by Kathleen Howard. 2nd ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994. no. 14, p. 377.

Brown, Katharine R. Migration Art, A.D. 300-800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 42, 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. p. 156, 358, fig. 8, 13.21.



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