Brooch in the Form of a Cicada

East Germanic

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.

Brooch in the Form of a Cicada, Copper alloy, cast; copper alloy pin/spring, East Germanic

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