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Cloisonné Disk Brooch


Artist: Unknown Frankish Primary
mid 6th century
Dimensions: 0.88 x 0.88 x 0.25 in. (2.22 x 2.22 x 0.64 cm)
Object Type: Jewelry
Creation Place: Europe
Medium and Support: Silver, garnets with patterned foils
Credit Line: Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.191.148)
Accession Number: L2010.01.10
On View: 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.




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