Tara Brooch, AD 700. "This is one of the masterpieces of the Early Christian epoch: the simplicity of its general outline counterpoints an amazing complexity of techniques and assemblage of materials--gold, silver copper, amber, glass, enameling, filigree, wire-beading, granulation, inlaiyng and soldering are all used." Frank Mitchell,, Treasures of Irish Art.

 

Image courtesy Bruce Arnold, Irish Art, 1977.

 

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