Exhibitions/ Art Object

One of a Pair of Gold Earrings with Garnets

Date:
second half 8th century
Geography:
Made in Northern France
Culture:
Frankish
Medium:
Gold, garnets with patterned foil backings, silver rivets
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 13/16 x 11/16 x 1 3/4 in. (4.6 x 1.8 x 4.4 cm) bead: 3/4 x 11/16 in. (1.9 x 1.8 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.191.2
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. p. 344.



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