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Disk Brooch

Date:
100–300
Geography:
Made in Probably Gaul
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Copper alloy, millefiori enamel
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 1/8 x 2 13/16 x 7/8 in. (7.9 x 7.2 x 2.2 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Champlevé
Credit Line:
Gift of Miriam N. Rosen, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.483.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Millefiore enameling was widely popular in Gaul, where it was often used to decorate disk brooches and vessels. In this technique, the artist fuses together glass rods of different colors. The multicolored rods are then cut into cross sections, which are placed in a metal base and heated sufficiently for them to adhere. The result is an intricate pattern of flowers and checkerboards
[ Ariadne Galleries, New York]; Miriam N. Rosen, New York (until 2002)
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