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Large Brooch with Spirals

1200–800 B.C.
Made in Carpathian Basin region
Overall: 10 15/16 x 4 x 2 9/16in. (27.8 x 10.2 x 6.5cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Caroline Howard Hyman Gift, in memory of Margaret English Frazer, 2000
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Part of the appeal of objects made of copper alloy produced during the Bronze Age was undoubtedly their gleaming yellow color. The dark green patina that now characterizes these pieces, a result of tin corrosion, actually preserves the original finish of the surface texture, even if altering its color.
[ Charles Ede Limited Antiquities, London (1999)]; [ Ward & Company Works of Art, New York (sold 2000)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2000-2001." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 59, no. 2 (Fall 2001). p. 8.

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