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


   
Frankish / Merovingian Cloisonné Rosette Brooch
 


 

 


 

   A Frankish cloisonné disc brooch with garnets, so-called "rosette" brooch.
   Made of silver with eight shaped garnet petals, the "waffer" gold foil visible beneath, the central stone now missing.

   Typical of the 6 c. A.D., such silver brooches were usually worn by women in pairs.

   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.

   Material : Silver with garnets
   Origin : Germany or France
   Provenance : Bonham's London auction sale
   Period : VI c.A.D.
   Dimensions : Diam. : 20 mm

        Ref. : m-048

    Fränkische Silberne Scheibenfibel mit Almandineinlagen

 

   Price : SOLD - to be informed by e-mail when a similar item becomes available.

 


 
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