Migration Period - Early Medieval Times - 400 - 800 A.D.

Frankish / Merovingian Cloisonné Ring Mount



   A Frankish cloisonné ring mount.
   Made of bronze with six shaped garnets around a central stone, now missing. The silver rinf now missing

   The cloisonné style, an ornementation technique covering the surface of items with garnets or glass inlays separated only by small "cloisons"
   was an heritage of the Hunnic / Steppe cultures which invaded Europe in the IV-V.c. It was soon mastered by Frankish artists.

   Most garnets used to decorate early cloisonné pieces originate from Sri Lanka - an early example of international trade.
   The disruption of the silk trade road by troubles in the Persian region resulted in the decline of this technique, fewer stones being available.

   The back plate with heavy restorations.

   Material : Silver alloy with garnets, two garnets replaced
   Origin : Germany or France
   Provenance : Bonham's London auction sale
   Period : V-VI c.A.D.
   Dimensions : Diam. : 17 mm

        Ref. : m-050

   Price & Conditions : Euro 800 -



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