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Eagle Brooch

Culture Visigothic
Title Eagle Brooch
Date 500–600 CE
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Overall: 3 5/16 x 1 3/4 x 5/8 in. (8.4 x 4.4 x 1.6 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Thomas T. Solley, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 87.5

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In the Migration period, so-named because of the rapid movement of nomadic groups from northern Europe and central Asia into the western part of the Roman Empire, stylized animals are a standard motif. Images similar to the eagle on this lovely brooch appear as far north as Sweden and England. The Visigoths were a nomadic branch of the Goth group of Germanic peoples who eventually established kingdoms in Gaul and Spain.

1987, Gift to the Indiana University Art Museum from Thomas T. Solley

1987, Thomas T. Solley purchase from Michael Ward, Inc., New York, NY

?–1987, with Michael Ward, Inc., New York, NY [1]


[1] Michael L. Ward (b. 1943) was an antiquities dealer, maintaining a gallery in New York (NY) from 1982 to 2010.

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