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Earring

Date:
6th–7th century
Culture:
Langobardic or Byzantine (?)
Medium:
Gold, glass, and pearls.
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 3/4 x 9/16 x 1in. (4.5 x 1.5 x 2.6cm)
1 3/4in. (4.5cm)
hoop: 1 in. (2.6 cm)
basket: 1/2 x 9/16 in. (1.2 x 1.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1895
Accession Number:
95.15.124
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
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.

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