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Creator Nationality: European; Scandinavian; Viking
Creator Dates/Places: Made in Scandinavia
Creator Name-CRT: Viking
Title: Oval Brooch
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 900
Creation End Date: 1000
Creation Date: 900?1000
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Copper alloy with gilding
Dimensions: 4 1/2 x 2 15/16 in. (11.4 x 7.4 cm)
Description: This large, domed and intricately ornamented oval brooch was once one of a pair used to secure the shoulder straps of a Viking woman's tunic. Occasionally, the eye of an animal or the beek of a bird emerges from the design, but the piece displays an abstract pattern, rich in light-and-dark effects and enlivened by gilding.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1982.323.1
Credit Line: Purchase, Fletcher Fund, and Bequest of Gwynne M. Andrews, by exchange, 1982
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1982.323.1
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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