Oval Brooch, Copper alloy, gilt, Viking

Oval Brooch

Made in Scandinavia
Copper alloy, gilt
Overall: 4 1/2 x 2 15/16 x 1 11/16 x 4 1/2 in. (11.4 x 7.5 x 4.3 x 11.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Fletcher Fund, and Bequest of Gwynne M. Andrews, by exchange, 1982
Accession Number:
Not on view
Large ornamental brooches were worn in pairs by women as dress fasteners. The interlacing animal forms across the surface were originally brightly gilded.
Private Collection(sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 1980); Rainer Zietz Limited, London (sold 1982)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions, 1982-1983 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1983). pp. 16-17.

Thunmark-Nylén, Lena. "Viking Age Box Brooches: Technical Stratigraphy and Workshop Grouping." PhD diss., Institutionen for Arkeologi Distribution, 1983.

Parker, Elizabeth C. "Recent Major Acquisitions of Medieval Art by American Museums." Gesta 23, no. 1 (1984). p. 69, fig. 1.

Brown, Katharine R. Migration Art, A.D. 300-800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 69, pp. 47-48.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 66 A, pp. 50–51.

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. 320, 358, fig. 25.14.