Gallo-Roman or Romano-British, 2nd-3rd century / Ornamental Brooch / 100s - 200sGallo-Roman or Romano-British, 2nd-3rd century
Ornamental Brooch
100s - 200s

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Creator Nationality: European; British; Romano-British
Creator Name-CRT: Gallo-Roman or Romano-British, 2nd-3rd century
Title: Ornamental Brooch
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 100
Creation End Date: 299
Creation Date: 100s - 200s
Creation End Date: 300
Creation Date: 100-300
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Jewelry
Materials and Techniques: copper alloy and champlevé enamel
Dimensions: Overall: 2.4cm x 2.1cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1930.235
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Provenance: (Paul Mallon, Paris, France).

These brooches functioned as garment clasps (much like the generally larger fibulae) and are distinctive for their decorative enamels. The art of enameling was highly popular among the conquered peoples who lived on the outskirts of the Roman empire, chiefly the Celts and the Gauls. Though the enameling technique was practiced by the Romans themselves on small objects, the brightly colored decoration readily appealed to 'barbarian' taste. By the 200s ad, enameled brooches like these were being made in abundance by the native peoples of Britain and Gaul (modern France and Belgium).

AMICA ID: CMA_.1930.235
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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