Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Disk Brooch, 675–700
    Frankish; Found in Niederbreisig, western Germany
    Gold sheet with filigree and inlays of garnet, glass, and mother–of–pearl; Diam. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.193.83)

    The art of the peoples living under Merovingian rule was largely that of the metalworker. Jewelry, particularly belonging to women, survives from cemeteries and tombs. The Franks, like many other Germanic tribes, valued articles of personal adornment, wearing them as status symbols and signs of power. Finely wrought brooches such as this example from a grave along the Rhine River were worn and admired in daily life and accompanied their owners after death.

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  • Disk Brooch, 675–700
    Frankish; Found in Niederbreisig, western Germany
    Gold sheet with filigree and inlays of garnet, glass, and mother-of-pearl; Diam. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.193.83)

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