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Gold with green and clear glass, mother-of-pearl, and copper
"The dress of Frankish women generally consisted of a tunic, cinched by a belt from which hung an array of pendants. A wrap or cloak went over the tunic. Shoes and hosiery, fastened with buckles, covered the legs. Earrings, necklaces, and hairpins completed the ensemble.
Aspects of this dress changed from the 300s to the 600s, and brooches in particular convey changes in taste. From the 300s to the 500s, pairs of small brooches, in an array of inventive shapes, held the wrap in place. By the 600s, a single large disc brooch, usually elaborately decorated, served the same function. No other piece of jewelry is more characteristic of Frankish dress than the brooch, and no other better demonstrates the virtuosity of Frankish metalworkers.”
In the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image and description taken from the object’s page on The Met’s website. Visit the object’s page for zoom capability, related objects in the collection, and online resources.
Lombardic / Langobardic
Late sixth- seventh century CE
Gold with garnets and glass paste
"One of the most common types of Langobardic jewelry, the basket earring derives its name from the hemispherical "basket" of gold wire as in this example. The front disk of gold is inlaid with gold wire cells for four red glass or garnet inserts arranged like the arms of a cross around a central, circular cell filled with a rounded green stone or glass. A triad arrangement of one large and two small circular gold wire circlets fills the space between the garnet inlays and creates a ring around the cross. A thick, flattened lip of gold decorated with hatching and cross-hatching overlays the outer edge of the disk where it joins the basket. On the front of the hoop are a row of five cells for red glass or garnet inlays, of which three are still filled. The sides of the hoops are decorated with a row of four wire circlets. A loop attached to the base of the earring once suspended an additional pendant."
In the collection of the Walters Art Museum. Image and description taken from the object’s page on the Walters Art Museum website. Visit the objects’ page for additional images (in which you can see the “basket” described above) and zoom capability.
Capital depicting Daniel in the Lion’s Den from San Pedro de la Nave, Spain. Late seventh-/ early eighth- century. Image taken from ARTstor.
Capital depicting the Sacrifice of Isaac from San Pedro de la Nave, Spain. Late seventh-/ early eighth- century. Image taken from ARTstor.
The capitals at San Pedro are among the earliest figural, narrative scenes of their medium.
Finds from the Staffordshire Hoard, Anglo-Saxon, c. seventh century (Source).
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Pyramid mounts and an inscribed strip from the Anglo-Saxon gold Staffordshire hoard, c. seventh century (Source).
Stylized filigree (sea)horse from the Staffordshire Hoard, Anglo-Saxon, c. seventh century (Source with more information on the object and hoard and additional photos).
"…archaeologists in Cambridgeshire have uncovered a bed on which the body of a young Anglo-Saxon woman has lain for more than 1,300 years, a regal gold and garnet cross on her breast… Although she was almost certainly a Christian, buried with the beautiful cross stitched into place on her gown, she was buried according to ancient pagan tradition with some treasured possessions including an iron knife and a chatelaine, a chain hanging from her belt, and some glass beads which were probably originally in a purse that has rotted away."
Read more regarding the discovery.
Decorated initial page at the beginning of St. Jerome’s letter to Pope Damasus in the Lindisfarne Gospels, c. 698. Image taken from ARTstor.
Folio with the incarnation initial from the Lindisfarne Gospels, c. 698. Image taken from ARTstor.
Carpet page with cross, geometric patterning, and animal interlace from the Book of Durrow, c. 680. Image taken from ARTstor.
Folio with the image of a man, the symbol of Matthew, from the Book of Durrow, c. 680. Image taken from ARTstor.
Shoulder clasps with interlace, animal imagery, and geometric patterning from the Anglo-Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo (modern-day Suffolk, England), early 7th c. Image taken from ARTstor. Click through the photo for a larger image.