Gold, garnet, glass; inlays are possible restorations
Overall: 1 9/16 x 9/16 x 11/16 in. (4 x 1.5 x 1.7 cm)
hoop: 13/16 in. (2 cm)
basket: 7/8 x 9/16 x 3/8 in. (2.3 x 1.5 x 0.9 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Fashionable in Italy for at least a century before the arrival of the Langobards, earrings of the “basket” variety, like the many shown in this case, quickly became part of Langobardic women’s dress.
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Ricci, Seymour de. Catalogue of a Collection of Gallo-Roman Antiquities Belonging to J. Pierpont Morgan. Paris: C. Berger, 1911. no. 9, p. 6, pl. I.
Brown, Katharine Reynolds. "Langobardic Earrings." The Connoisseur 205 (1980). pp. 272-75, fig. 7, 8.
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. 167, 344, fig. 14.10.