Electrotype Facsimile of Tara Brooch


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Artifact Identification Electrotype Facsimile of Tara Brooch   (1916.06.0022)
Personal Artifacts : Clothing : Clothing Accessories
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location Europe, West, Ireland, County Meath, Drogheda
Period/Date Early 8th C
Culture Irish

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 21.8 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 10.0 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 2.3 cm
Weight 185 g
Measuring Remarks The second largest dimension refers to the width of the brooch without the attached chain. The chain measures 22.8 cm in length.
Materials Metal
Manufacturing Processes Manufacturing
Munsell Color Information Light Gray (N 7.5/) -ns Moderate Yellow ( 2.5Y7/6) -ns Dark Reddish Brown ( 2.5YR 2/4) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

"THE TARA BROOCH: Men and women of the Germanic tribes wore brooches to fasten their cloaks at the shoulder. This elaborately decorated brooch was worn by a person of the warrior aristocracy. Ordinary people used a thorn." -John Buckler and John McKay, A History of Western Society, (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1979), 186.

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

1. Joyce. Religion, Learning, and Art (560-563). inc. 2. Little, Charles T. Art Treasures of Early Ireland. Archaeology (probably 31/2, 1978?) pp. 338-342. 3. Stokes, M. Metal-work. Early Christian Art in Ireland (69-89). 4. O'Banion, Rebecca. Irish Jewelry and Metalwork int he World Heritage Museum. Student paper, 1975. 5. Buckler, John, and John McKay. A History of Western Society. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1979.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Purchase
Reproduction Yes
Reproduction Information N/A

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