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Disk Brooch with Cameo

Date:
ca. 600 (mount); 100–300 (cameo)
Culture:
Langobardic (mount); Roman (cameo)
Medium:
Sheet gold, onyx, glass, and wire
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 7/16 x 1/4 in. (6.2 x 0.7 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1895
Accession Number:
95.15.101
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
The Langobards often embellished their own jewelry with gems carved centuries earlier by Roman or Etruscan craftsmen. These gems, valued for their antiquity, linked their Langobardic wearers to the illustrious peoples who preceded them on the Italian peninsula.
Samuel T. Baxter, Florence (until 1895)
Catalogue of Etruscan jewellery with some Roman and Longobardic ornaments in the collection of S.T. Baxter. Florence: Claudian Press, 1886. no. 197, p. 19.

Tyler, Royall, and Hayford Peirce. L'art Byzantin. Vol. 2. Paris: Librarie de France, 1934. pl. 208c.

Foltiny, Stephan. "Langobardic Fibulae from Italy in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York." Acta Toscana 1 (1974). pp. 28-29, fig. 2.

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, fig. 37.

Brown, Katharine R. "Two Langobardic Fibulae in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Archeologia Medievale 14 (1987). pp. 447-449, fig. 1.

Brown, Katharine R. Migration Art, A.D. 300-800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. pp. 13, 33-35, 51, fig. 7.

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. 153, 339, fig. 6d, 13.19.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cameo Appearances." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 65, no. 4 (Spring 2008). p. 17, fig. 26.



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