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Cloisonné Disk Brooch

Artist: Unknown Frankish Artist 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.


Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield, Connecticut, ekphrasis ii: Sarah Z. Sleeper (MFA'12) July 11 - September 28, 2012


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Ornaments such as bracelets, necklaces, and rings, of precious or semiprecious materials worn or carried on the person for adornment; also includes similar articles worn or carried for devotional or mourning purposes.
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Land owned and controlled by the state or federal government. Also, the status of publications, products, and processes that are not protected under patent or copyright.
Ornamental jewelry made in a variety of forms fastened by a pin. For decorative items, similar in appearance to a brooch, but attached to a garment with a spring fastening, use "clips (jewelry)."

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