Domagnano, Republic of San Marino / Collar Pendant / late 5th?early 6th centuryDomagnano, Republic of San Marino
Collar Pendant
late 5th?early 6th century

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Creator Nationality: European; Mediterranean; Ostrogothic
Creator Name-CRT: Domagnano, Republic of San Marino
Title: Collar Pendant
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 467
Creation End Date: 533
Creation Date: late 5th?early 6th century
Creation Place: Domagnano, Republic of San Marino
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Gold, garnet, glass
Dimensions: 1 3/4 x 5/8 in. (4.5 x 1.59 cm)
Description: This pendant, which would have originally been strung together with at least nine others to form a flat, collarlike necklace, came from the grave of an Ostrogothic woman in Domagnano on the Italian peninsula. The collar hung from two large brooches in the shape of eagles. A pair of earrings and another brooch for the neck completed the jewelry ensemble. All the pieces were made from remarkably pure gold, probably melted from coins or jewelry; their total weight, the equivalent of seventy gold coins from the period, attests to the high social rank of the woman who wore them. The garnets, pearls, ivory, and lapis lazuli set into the many tiny cells of the collar pendants and eagle brooches give further indication of the wealth of those Germanic settlers who had come to rule over the Romans in Italy.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 17.190.698
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Ostrogothic
AMICA ID: MMA_.17.190.698
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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