Cloisonné Disk Brooch
mid 6th century
0.88 x 0.88 x 0.25 in. (2.22 x 2.22 x 0.64 cm)
Medium and Support:
Silver, garnets with patterned foils
Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.191.148)
Bellarmine Hall Galleries
Merovingian women often wore disk brooches in combination with bird brooches. Evidence from tombs shows that disk brooches were worn at the shoulder or on the upper chest. When worn in pairs, they functioned to hold together two sides of a cloak, while when worn singly they were purely decorative.