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LOT 0474

GBP (£) 8,000 - 10,000
EUR (€) 8,990 - 11,230
USD ($) 10,080 - 12,600

Sold for: £8,750
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Merovingian Gold and Garnet Shield Fitting

6th-7th century AD

A substantial gold mount possibly from a shield, with beaded wire rim, attachment pins, central rosette of raised cells with meerschaum, turquoise and garnet inlay. 21.32 grams, 43mm (1 3/4"). Fine condition. An elaborate high-status ornament.

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.