Bow Brooch with Disk

Date: early 700s

Culture: Vendel

Medium: Bronze, cast leaded, mercury gilding, garnet backed with patterned...

Dimensions: 8 1/16 x 2 9/16 x 1/2 in. (20.5 x 6.5 x 1.2 cm)
Box: 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Bow: 3 3/16 in. (8.1 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Bronze

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1947

Accession Number: 47.100.25a, b


Originally, these pieces were joined as one: the disk formed the bottom of a round box that was affixed to the arc of the large brooch. Ornately patterned gold, now only fragmentary, once covered the entire piece, even parts of the brooch that were never visible.