Exhibitions/ Art Object

Disk Brooch

6th century
Silver, garnets; gilt with patterned foil backings, emeralds; silver back with gilt, beaded edge; no spring/pin extant
Overall: 1 1/16 x 3/8 in. (2.7 x 0.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
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.

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