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Bow Brooch

Silver - cast. Pin: copper alloy with silver overlay
Overall: 2 13/16 x 1 1/4 x 5/8 in. (7.2 x 3.2 x 1.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1898
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Ostrogothic women typically wore a matching pair of brooches such as this example along with its pair (acc. no. 98.11.108) at the shoulders to secure their ankle-length garment. A belt with an elaborate buckle (see acc. no. 95.15.100a,c) cinched the waist. A necklace, bracelet, rings, and earrings would complete the ensemble.
From Kerch, Ukraine
Rostovtzeff, Michael Ivanovitch. "Une trouvaille de l'époque gréco-sarmate de Kertch au Louvre et au Musée de Saint-Germain." Monuments et mémoires publiés par l'Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres 26 (1923). pp. 116–17, fig. 12.

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. 8, fig. 9.

Brown, Katharine R. Frankish Art in American Collections. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1984. p. 15, fig. 4.

Brown, Katharine R. Migration Art, A.D. 300-800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 2, pp. 6-7.

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. 109, 340, fig. 10.8.

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