Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Pair of Bird–Shaped Brooches, 550–600
    Frankish
    Gold sheet, cloisonné cells inset with garnets, glass, and pearl, garnets backed with patterned foil; Diam. 1 1/4 in. (3.3 cm)
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.191.164–165)

    From the mid-fourth to the mid-sixth century, Frankish women generally wore pairs of small brooches, in an array of inventive shapes, to hold in place a light wrap that covered the upper part of the chest. Birds were a favorite form, though this pair stands out for the copious use of garnet and the refined shape.

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  • Pair of Bird-Shaped Brooches, 550–600
    Frankish
    Gold sheet, cloisonné cells inset with garnets, glass, and pearl, garnets backed with patterned foil; Diam. 1 1/4 in. (3.3 cm)
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.191.164-165)

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