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Disk Brooch

Artist: Unknown Roman Artist Primary
Second half 2nd century CE
Dimensions: 1.69 x 1.69 x 0.44 in. (4.29 x 4.29 x 1.11 cm)
Object Type: Jewelry
Creation Place: Europe
Medium and Support: Enamel on copper alloy
Credit Line: Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.191.36)
Accession Number: L2013.13.02
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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