Art/ Collection/ Art Object


ca. 800 B.C.
Made in Ireland
Overall: 4 5/8 x 1 15/16 x 2 5/16 in. (11.8 x 5 x 5.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Though objects such as these are conventionally called “dress fasteners” and “sleeve fasteners,” their exact purpose is unknown. It has been proposed that the smaller “sleeve fastener” worked much like a modern cufflink: the disks would have been drawn through slits in the garment. The “dress fastener” may have been secured by loops sewn onto the garment.
Sotheby's, London (British)(May 19-22, 1913, no. 420); International Studio Corporation, New York (until 1940); [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1940–sold 1947)]
Smith, H. C. Art of Jewelry: Ancient to Modern Period. Delhi, 1908. pp. 42-43.

Coffey, George. The Bronze Age in Ireland. Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, & Co., Ltd, 1913.

Read, Charles. A Guide to the Antiquities of the Bronze Age in the Department of British and Mediæval Antiquities. 2nd ed. London: British Museum, 1920. pp. 110-111, fig. 116.

Armstrong, E. C. R., and National Museum of Ireland. Catalogue of Irish Gold Ornaments in the Collection of the Royal Irish Academy. 2nd ed. Dublin: Stationary Office, 1933.

Mahr, Adolf. Ancient Irish Handicraft. Limerick, Ireland: Limerick Leader, 1939. pp. 7-8, fig. I, 4.

Griffith, Beatrice Fox. Treasure Under Glass. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1963. p. 5, pl. V.

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