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Merovingian Gold and Garnet Belt Ornament Set

6th-7th century AD

A set of gold and garnet appliqués comprising: a strap end with waisted body, split and scooped lower edge, inset garnet cloison, upper edge with holes for two pins; two belt studs, each a discoid gold collar with beaded wire collar to the base, inset garnet cabochon. 14.34 grams total, 12-36mm (1/2 - 1 1/2"). Fine condition. A high-status group probably from a sword belt. [3]

Acquired in London 1999; formerly in the collection of Mr L. Grenacs, Belgium, formed in 1975.
See Arrhenius, B., Merovingian Garnet Jewellery, Stockholm, 1985, for discussion; and for a similar corpus, cf. Wieczorek, A. and Perin, P., Das Gold der Barbarenfursten, Damstadt, 2001.