Circular fibula with Braided Wire on Outer Borders and Enameled Central Roundel
Lombard, Early Byzantine Period, ca. 500-726 CE
6th century - 7th century
3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.)
enamel, gold, and pearls
Not on view
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Circular gold disc with vertical sides on which are attached three loops. The backing is now missing. The face is ornamented with a beaded wire edge inside which are concentric bands of plain wire and four torque wires all surrounding a raised cloisonne enamel medallion. This medallion contains a translucent green quatrefoil with an opaque white circular center, and with an opaque white crescent surrounding each lobe, all set in an opaque blue field. Around this is a band in which seed pearls strung on wire alternate with loops of gold, and outside this is a band of enamelled cells made by a meandering gold cloison, the enamel now lacking.
Parkhurst, Charles, "The Melvin Gutman Collection of Ancient and Medieval Gold," Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin, 18, 2/3, pp. 237-238; pl. 235.
Ross, Marvin C. "Some Longobard Insignia," Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin, 21, no. 3, pp. 142-152; no. 5.
Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Centuries. Catalogue of the exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, November 19, 1977 - February 12, 1978. Edited by Kurt Weitzmann. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, c 1979. No. 294, pp. 317-318. Illus. p. 318.
The Allen Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, The Melvin Gutman Collection of Ancient and Medieval Gold, 1961; cat. no. 149.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art: Third to Seventh Centuries, November 19, 1977 - February 12, 1978.
Formerly in the collection Stroganoff, Rome;
Joseph Brummer (dealer), New York, sold 1947, no. 270;
Collection of Melvin Gutman (1886-1967), Oberlin, Ohio;
Melvin Gutman Jewelry Collection, sold at Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, December 5, 1969;
Collection of Susanne K. Bennet, Washington, D.C.;
Purchased 2018 by Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C.
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Byzantine Collection, Washington, D.C.