Fashionable in Italy for at least a century before the arrival of the Langobards, earrings of the “basket” variety, like the many shown in this case, quickly became part of Langobardic women’s dress.
Samuel T. Baxter, Florence (from at least 1886-1895)
Catalogue of Etruscan jewellery with some Roman and Langobardic ornaments in the collection of S.T. Baxter. Florence: Claudian Press, 1886. no. 77, p. 9.
Mariën, Marcel Édouard, ed. L'Art mérovingien. Brussels: Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, 1954. p. 49, pl. 25.
Brown, Katharine Reynolds. "Langobardic Earrings." The Connoisseur 205 (1980). pp. 272–75, fig. 1, 2.
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. 166, 339, fig. 14.6.
Artist: Reinhold Vasters (German, Erkelenz 1827–1909 Aachen) Date: ca. 1870–95Medium: Baroque pearl mounted with enameled gold set with pearls, emeralds and rubies and with pendent pearlsAccession: 1982.60.382On view in:Gallery 542