Unknown Roman Artist
Second half 2nd century CE
1.69 x 1.69 x 0.44 in. (4.29 x 4.29 x 1.11 cm)
Medium and Support:
Enamel on copper alloy
Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.191.36)
Bellarmine Hall Galleries
The fashionable use of brooches, or fibulae, to show status was brought to the Northern Roman provinces by the Roman elite. This brooch was made in the champlevé enamel technique. Frankish tribes then adopted the wearing of brooches, but used different goldsmith techniques and shapes.