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

Merovingian silver-inlaid buckle-plate and strap-end



   A fine example of the silver- / brass-inlay technique mastered by merovingian artists.

   Later wrongly refered to as "damasquinure" or "Silbertauschierung" by renaissance humanists who believed that this technique was not known in Europe before
   the Crusades (as reference to Damascus), the use of silver or brass wires inlaid on the surface of iron elements to create ornamentation requires
   high precision skills. It was also known to, and massively used by the Romans, on military and household artefacts.

   The ornamentation mirrors the style of moulded bronze elements of the same period.

   Material : Silver- and brass-wire on iron
   Origin : Northern France
   Provenance : Paris Auction House
   Period : Merovingian, VI-VII th. century A.D.
   Dimensions : L. : 5,8 cm

   Ref. : m-052

    Merowingische Artefakte mit Silbertauschierung

   Price & Conditions : 500 euros -



   Bibliography : Tauschierarbeiten der Merowingerzeit, Bestandskataloge Band 2, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 1994

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