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Box-Shaped Brooch
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Box-Shaped Brooch

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Description Box-shaped brooches such as this one were worn by the Viking women of Gotland (the islands in the Baltic Sea south of Sweden) to fasten a shawl or cloak about the shoulders. They also doubled as containers to hold small objects. A cast open latticework design fills the banded sides of the box and the circular front closure; the front of the brooch is further ornamented at the center with a series of raised cast squares and a highly polished circle.
Date Description Narrative
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Objects of Adornment: Five Thousand Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1984-1987.
  • Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery and the Zucker Family Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
Provenance James Graham & Sons, Inc., New York; Walters Art Museum, 1952, by purchase
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the S. & A.P. Fund, 1952

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9th-mid 11th century (Medieval)
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1 7/16 x 2 5/16 in. (3.7 x 6 cm) (d. x diam.)
  • Sweden, Böda (Place of Discovery)


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