Culture: East Germanic
Medium: Copper alloy, cast; copper alloy pin/spring
Dimensions: Overall: 1/8 x 1 3/16 x 11/16 x 5/8 in. (0.3 x 3 x 1.8 x 1.6 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, William Kelly Simpson Gift, 1993
Accession Number: 1993.263
The winged insect was a popular motif in both Germanic and nomadic metalwork during the late fourth and fifth centuries. Gold bees appeared in the grave of the Frankish king Childeric (d. 482), while other richly appointed graves, such as that at Domagnano (17.190.698), included cicada brooches.