Brooch in Form of a Bird of Prey


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301

The head and right leg of this elegant bird brooch are in left profile, while its rounded body and flaring tail are presented frontally. The extended right wing curves behind the tail. The edges of the neck, wings, and tail, and the upper part of the leg are outlined with pseudobeading. Nine stamped (punched?) crayfish decorate the tail. The position of the head, supported by the raised leg, indicates that the bird is sleeping.

Brooch in Form of a Bird of Prey, Copper alloy with silver overlay, Vendel

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