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Gold Neck Ring

Date:
5th century
Culture:
East Germanic
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Overall: 5 13/16 x 1/4 in. (14.7 x 0.6 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.122.16
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Among the Germanic peoples neck rings were worn by both men and women. The considerable weight—101.5 grams—indicates that this piece probably belonged to someone of high status.
C.A. Lembessis, Paris (sold 1927)
Menghin, Wilfried, Tobias Springer, and Egon Wamers, ed. Germanen, Hunnen und Awaren: Schätze der Völkerwanderungszeit. Nuremberg: Germanisches Nationalmuseum, 1987. no. I.19, p. 114.

Brown, Katharine R. Migration Art, A.D. 300-800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 22, p. 26.

Brown, Katharine R. "If Only the Dead Could Talk: An Update on the East German and Hunnish Jewelry Collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art." In Ancient Jewelry and Archaeology, edited by Adriana Calinescu. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996. pp. 230–31, fig. 11.

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. 103, 357, fig. 10.1.

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