Harness Pendant with Confronted Beasts

Date: 500–600

Culture: Visigothic

Medium: Leaded brass

Dimensions: Overall: 3 1/2 x 3 x 3/16 in. (8.9 x 7.6 x 0.5 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Brass

Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers Fund, Stephen K. Scher, Mrs. Maxime Hermanos, and Anonymous Gifts, Gift and Bequest of George Blumenthal, by exchange, and funds from various donors, 1990

Accession Number: 1990.52


The Visigoths enjoyed lively commercial contacts with lands all around the Mediterranean. This pendant reveals the familiarity of their artists with motifs from Greece and the Near East. Above the heads of the beasts is the loop through which a harness strap could be passed.