Description This elegantly tapering bronze pin has an unusual finial made by dividing the stem at the head and curving one stem backward into a spiral. Spiral-headed pins with two outward curling spirals have been found in Ireland and in 7th- and 8th-century Anglo-Saxon sites. This example was found at Armagh (Northern Ireland) in 1886. Armagh was an important royal site from pre-historic times into the Christian era and, from the mid-5th century AD onwards, the See of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron saint.
- 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 [Found in Armagh, Northern Ireland, 1886]; Robert Day, Cork, Ireland [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Robert Day Sale, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London, May 19-22, 1913, no. 355; William Randolph Hearst, California; Joseph Brummer, Paris; Joseph Brummer Sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, May 11-14, 1949, no. 276; Walters Art Museum, 1949, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1949
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