Square-Headed Bow Brooch


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301

This brooch displays the Anglo-Saxon preference for lavish decoration, with a particular emphasis on fantastic animal forms. Dividing the foot is a strip of niello (a black substance containing silver, copper, lead, and sulphur) terminating in an animal’s head, and above the foot is a pair of stylized animal heads with gaping jaws.

Square-Headed Bow Brooch, Gilded copper alloy inlaid with niello, Anglo-Saxon

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