Cruciform brooch with glass decoration

Foto: AMHMiddle Age

Hamburg Archaeological Museum

Hamburg Archaeological Museum
Hamburg, Germany

Cross-shaped brooches were widely used throughout the Frankish Empire as a symbol of the acceptance of the Christian faith. The brooch from Hamburg is the northernmost example of an extremely rare type of brooch. It is made of a copper alloy and has been seriously damaged by corrosion. Nevertheless, several decorative glass beads remain intact.


  • Title: Cruciform brooch with glass decoration
  • Creator: Foto: AMH
  • Date: Middle Age
  • Location: Hamburg-Altstadt, Domplatz
  • Provenance: Archäologisches Museum Hamburg Stadtmuseum Harburg|Helms-Museum
  • Type: Brooch
  • Medium: Bronze

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