Pin

Date:
7th century (?)
Geography:
Made in Northern France
Culture:
Frankish
Medium:
Silver, niello, gold sheet, filigree
Dimensions:
Overall: 5 7/8 x 1/4 in. (15 x 0.7 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.192.244
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Pins were used to secure a veil or to hold a hairstyle in place. Most were made simply of copper alloy, sometimes tinned to look like silver, but some were elaborate objects, showcasing an array of metalsmithing techniques.
Stanislas Baron, Paris; J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (until 1917)
Ricci, Seymour de. Catalogue of a Collection of Merovingian Antiquities Belonging to J. Pierpont Morgan. Paris: C. Berger, 1910. no. 244, p. 47, pl. XIX.

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. 261, 353, fig. 21.53.