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Creator Nationality: European; Frankish
Creator Name-CRT: Frankish
Title: Disk Brooch
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 675
Creation End Date: 700
Creation Date: 675?700
Creation Place: Found in Niederbreisig, western Germany
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Gold sheet with filigree and inlays of garnet, glass, and mother-of-pearl
Dimensions: Diam. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
Description: The art of the peoples living under Merovingian rule was largely that of the metalworker. Jewelry, particularly belonging to women, survives from cemeteries and tombs. The Franks, like many other Germanic tribes, valued articles of personal adornment, wearing them as status symbols and signs of power. Finely wrought brooches such as this example from a grave along the Rhine River were worn and admired in daily life and accompanied their owners after death .
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 17.193.83
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.17.193.83
AMICA Library Year: 2002
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