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Ornamental Brooch, c.100-300 (bronze and champlevé enamel)

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Ornamental Brooch, c.100-300 (bronze and champlevé enamel)
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Gallo-Roman / French
Location
Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA
Medium
bronze and champleve enamel
Dimensions
h:2.70 w:2.60 d:0.70 cms
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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).

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Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund / Bridgeman Images
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object / c03rd / classical antiquities / brooch / ancient rome / artefact / artifact / romano-british / migration period / c02nd / roman / gallo-roman

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