Eastern Germanic / Brooch / first half of 5th centuryEastern Germanic
first half of 5th century

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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; Germanic
Creator Name-CRT: Eastern Germanic
Title: Brooch
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 400
Creation End Date: 450
Creation Date: first half of 5th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Silver with gold sheet overlay, garnets
Dimensions: L. 6 5/8 in. (16.7 cm)
Description: This brooch is a luxury version of the kind worn by eastern Germanic women living along the lower and middle Danube River in the fourth and fifth centuries. Usually worn in pairs, brooches were used to pin together the shoulders of a woman's garment. While the most common brooches were made from unadorned silver sheet, this resplendent and exceptionally large brooch is covered in gold sheet decorated with beaded and twisted gold wire, gold granulation, and an array of multishaped garnets. It was undoubtedly worn by an aristocratic woman and would have been part of a rich ensemble of gold jewelry?consisting of collars with pendants, armlets, and rings?included in her burial.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 47.100.19
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1947
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/education/er_photo_lib.asp
AMICA ID: MMA_.47.100.19
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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