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One of a Pair of Gold Earrings with Garnets

second half 8th century
Made in Northern France
Gold, garnets with foil backings, silver studs/rivets
Overall: 1 13/16 x 1 3/4 x 1/2 in. (4.6 x 4.5 x 1.3 cm) bead: 13/16 x 1/2 in. (2 x 1.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Hoop earrings with polyhedral beads, derived from late Roman jewelry, remained fashionable among Frankish women from the 400s through the 700s. Many are delicate pieces, their beads decorated with garnets or precious stones. Others, often with the least imposing beads, impress by their large hoops and distinctive closures.
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Ricci, Seymour de. Catalogue of a Collection of Gallo-Roman Antiquities Belonging to J. Pierpont Morgan. Paris: C. Berger, 1911. no. 1, p. 5, pl. I.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mediaeval Jewelry: A Picture Book. 2nd ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. pl. 12.

Wagner de Kertesz, Margarita. Historia Universal de las Joyas. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Centurion, 1947. p. 300.

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. pp. 244, 343-344, fig. 21.2.

Effros, Bonnie. Caring for Body and Soul: Burial and the Afterlife in the Merovingian World. University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University, 2002.

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