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On View in Bellarmine Hall

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Brooch, V-Shaped


Artist: Unknown Roman Artist Primary
ca. 3rd century CE
Dimensions: 1.97 x 1.38 x 0.55 in. (5 x 3.5 x 1.4 cm)
Object Type: Brooch
Creation Place: Europe
Medium and Support: Enamel
Credit Line: Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.192.14)
Accession Number: L2010.01.12
On View: 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.




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