- 6th century
- Silver-gilt, garnets with patterned foil backings, mother-of-pearl(?)..
- Overall: 13/16 x 1/4 in. (2.1 x 0.6 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
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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.