Gold, garnets with foil backings, silver studs/rivets
Overall: 1 13/16 x 1 3/4 x 1/2 in. (4.6 x 4.5 x 1.3 cm)
bead: 13/16 x 1/2 in. (2 x 1.3 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Hoop earrings with polyhedral beads, derived from late Roman jewelry, remained fashionable among Frankish women from the 400s through the 700s. Many are delicate pieces, their beads decorated with garnets or precious stones. Others, often with the least imposing beads, impress by their large hoops and distinctive closures.
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Wagner de Kertesz, Margarita. Historia Universal de las Joyas. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Centurion, 1947. p. 300.
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. pp. 244, 343-344, fig. 21.2.
Effros, Bonnie. Caring for Body and Soul: Burial and the Afterlife in the Merovingian World. University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University, 2002.