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Brooch in the Form of a Cicada

East Germanic
Copper alloy, cast; copper alloy pin/spring
Overall: 1/8 x 1 3/16 x 11/16 x 5/8 in. (0.3 x 3 x 1.8 x 1.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, William Kelly Simpson Gift, 1993
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
The winged insect was a popular motif in both Germanic and nomadic metalwork during the late fourth and fifth centuries. Gold bees appeared in the grave of the Frankish king Childeric (d. 482), while other richly appointed graves, such as that at Domagnano (17.190.698), included cicada brooches.
Said to be found in Hungary.; W. Bastiaan Blok, Noordwijk, The Netherlands (sold 1993)
Brown, Katharine R. Migration Art, A.D. 300-800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 15, pp. 21-22.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 49, pp. 40–41.

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. 213, 359, fig. 18.20.

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