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.
Visigothic (western Europe)
Migration period, 6th–7th century AD
H. 3 5/16 in. (8.41 cm.), W. 1 3/4 in. (4.44 cm.)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Given in memory of Burton Y. Berry, 87.5