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Creator Nationality: European; Frankish
Creator Dates/Places: northern France
Creator Name-CRT: Frankish
Title: Disk Brooch
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 650
Creation End Date: 725
Creation Date: 650?725
Creation Place: Found in Férebrianges or Petit-Troussy
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Gold sheet with filigree and inlays of garnet, stone, glass , and pearl; some restoration
Dimensions: Diam. 2 in. (5 cm)
Description: The costume of Frankish women generally consisted of a tunic cinched by a belt, from which hung an array of pendants, some decorative and some practical. A wrap or cloak, secured by a brooch or pairs of brooches, was worn over the tunic. Shoes and garters, fastened with buckles, covered the legs. Earrings, necklaces, and hairpins completed the ensemble. Aspects of this dress changed from the fourth to seventh century, and brooches in particular convey changes in taste. From the mid-fourth to the mid-sixth century, pairs of small brooches held in place a light wrap that covered the upper part of the chest. By the seventh century, a single large disk brooch, such as this example, served the same function. Elaborately decorated with filigree and stone and glass inlays, the piece demonstrates the range of metalwork techniques employed with virtuosity by Frankish artists.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 17.191.134
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.17.191.134
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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