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Rosette Brooch

Date:
550–600
Culture:
Frankish
Medium:
Silver-gilt, niello, garnet
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 x 5/16 in. (2.6 x 0.8 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.191.158
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)

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