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Brooch in Form of a Bird of Prey

late 500s
Copper alloy with silver overlay
Overall: 2 1/8 x 1 1/4 x 3/8 in. (5.4 x 3.2 x 1 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Leon Levy and Shelby White Gift, Rogers Fund, and funds from various donors, 1991
Accession Number:
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.
[ Robert Haber and Associates Inc., Ancient Art(sold 1991)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Twenty-Second Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1991, through June 30, 1992." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 122 (1992). pp. 40-41.

Brown, Katharine R. Migration Art, A.D. 300-800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 62, pp. 43-44.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 58, p. 47.

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. 310, 359, fig. 25.1.

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