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Beads from a Necklace

Glass, amethyst, copper alloy rings
Overall: length of string 29 1/2 x 1 9/16 in. (75 x 3.9 cm) Bead diameter: From 3/16 to 1 9/16 in. (0.5 to 3.9 cm) Bead length: From 3/16 to 13/16 in. (0.5 to 2.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Beads from Frankish necklaces exhibit a stunning variety of patterns, colors, and forms. Though the beads seen here were made in the seventh century, the particular combination in which they were strung together is a creation of the late nineteenth century, when the beads were first found in graves.
Friedrich Queckenberg, Niederbreisig, Germany; Joseph Queckenberg, Niederbreisig, Germany; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
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. 32, 353, fig. 4.7-4.10.

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