Pictish or Irish / Open Ring Brooch / early 800sPictish or Irish
Open Ring Brooch
early 800s

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Creator Nationality: European; British; Irish
Creator Name-CRT: Pictish or Irish
Title: Open Ring Brooch
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 800
Creation End Date: 833
Creation Date: early 800s
Creation Place: Found near Galway, Ireland
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Silver with amber insets
Dimensions: Diam. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm), L. (pin) 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Description: Iron Age Celts of Britain were the first to develop the open ring brooch, a type that would remain widespread in the British Isles through the early Middle Ages. Each terminal of this example in silver is decorated with three stylized masks in the form of birds' or bats' heads, enframing a polished amber.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1981.413
Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers Fund, and Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1981
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/education/er_photo_lib.asp
AMICA ID: MMA_.1981.413
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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