Garnets, worked in the cloisonné technique, featured prominently in the luxury jewelry of the Franks. Jewelers would solder small compartments arranged in geometric patterns onto the surface of a metal disk. In those cells, or cloisons, they would place a textured piece of gold foil, which would show through the thin translucent garnet that would then be set on top.
From Rosay, northern France; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(1913–1917)
Brown, Katharine R. Migration Art, A.D. 300-800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. pp. 12, 29, 51, fig. 5.
Brown, Katharine R., Dafydd Kidd, and Charles T. Little, ed. From Attila to Charlemagne: Arts of the Early Medieval Period in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. p. 20, 347, fig. 3.9.
Date: 6th centuryMedium: Silver-gilt cells, side strip, and beaded edging; garnets with deep-punched, "standard" foil backings; emerald; silver back with posts for spring and pin; no spring/pin extantAccession: 17.191.150On view in:Gallery 301