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TARA Brooch with Colourful Stones
FASHION | HERITAGE | ETHNOGRAPHIA |
made in 650 to 750 AD.
It was found in Ireland in 1850,
but, despite its name, not at Tara
The name by which the brooch became known
was attached to it by the jeweller who purchased it,
as a marketing ploy for the copies they made.
The brooch was exhibited internationally
and was one of the artifacts that fuelled the
Celtic Revival in the mid-19th century.
The National Museum of Ireland describes it as follows:
“…[T]he Tara Brooch can be considered to represent
the pinnacle of early medieval Irish metalworkers’ achievement.
Each individual element of decoration is executed perfectly
and the range of technique represented on such a small object is astounding.”
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