S-Shaped Brooch

Date: 6th century B.C.

Culture: Celtic

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: Overall: 4 13/16 x 15/16 x 1 9/16 in. (12.3 x 2.4 x 4 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Bronze

Credit Line: Purchase, Alastair B. Martin Gift, 1992

Accession Number: 1992.280.3


This lovely bronze brooch dates from the sixth century B.C. Brooches like these are characterized as serpentine because of their twisting, snakelike shape. Brooches of this type are found all over western and central Europe, most often in Italy. Both men and women are buried with them, and although they are usually made from bronze, examples have also been found made from gold, silver, and even iron.