Round Box Brooch


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301

A menagerie of tiny animals inhabits the interlace patterns on this round brooch. The four oval compartments on the top show beasts with round eyes, open jaws, claw feet, and intricately entwined bodies. Known as a box brooch because it was used as a container for small objects, it would have been worn by a Viking woman on the island of Gotland to secure her shawl at the collar.

Round Box Brooch, Copper alloy, cast, traces of an iron pin, Viking

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