Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Square-Headed Bow Brooch

Date:
500–600
Culture:
Anglo-Saxon
Medium:
Gilded copper alloy inlaid with niello
Dimensions:
Overall: 5 3/8 x 3 x 15/16 in. (13.6 x 7.6 x 2.4 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund, and Alastair B. Martin, Levy Hermanos Foundation Inc. and J. William Middendorf II Gifts, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.209
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
This brooch displays the Anglo-Saxon preference for lavish decoration, with a particular emphasis on fantastic animal forms. Dividing the foot is a strip of niello (a black substance containing silver, copper, lead, and sulphur) terminating in an animal’s head, and above the foot is a pair of stylized animal heads with gaping jaws.
Sotheby's, London (British)(1981 or 1982); [ Ward & Company Works of Art (American), New York (1981-sold 1985)]
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Ward, Michael. Jewels of the Barbarians. New York: Michael Ward, 1985. no. 30, ill.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recent Acquisitions, 1985-1986 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1986). p. 14.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Sixteenth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1985, through June 30, 1986." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 116 (1986). p. 33.

Husband, Timothy B., and Charles T. Little. Europe in the Middle Ages. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. no. 21, pp. 32-33.

Parker, Elizabeth C. "Recent Acquisitions of Medieval Art by American Museums." Gesta 26, no. 1 (1987). p. 80, fig. 7.

Pushkin Museum and State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-Prikladnoe Iskusstvo ot Pozdnei Antichnosti do Pozdnei Gotiki: Kratkii Katalog Vystavki. Moscow: Pushkin Museum, 1990. no. 4, pp. 10, 17, fig. 4.

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Brown, Katharine R. Migration Art, A.D. 300-800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 61, p. 42.

Hines, John, and E. T. Leeds. A New Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Great Square-Headed Brooches. Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Vol. 51. Woodbridge, England: Boydell Press, 1997.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 57, p. 46.

Brown, Katharine R., Dafydd Kidd, and Charles T. Little, ed. From Attila to Charlemagne: Arts of the Early Medieval Period in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. p. 289, 358, fig. 23.14.

Hourihane, Colum P., ed. The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art and Architecture. Vol. 1. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. p. 86, pl. IV, fig. 1.

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