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BL 1. Gilt Silver Frankish Bow Brooch ca. 5th-6th Cent. AD.

A sumptuous Merovingian Brooch in superb condition. These were worn in pairs to pin a woman’s cloak at the shoulders and were symbols of status in Germanic Culture. Highly detailed with niello decoration and a beast head terminal. Iron pin and catch plate still intact. 2.5″ in length. Finely wrought by a Germanic Silver Smith for a wealthy woman. The Franks were a fierce tribe and early champions of Catholic Christianity while their barbarian cousins were steadfast Arian (see heresy of Arius) Christians. This was due to their great King Clovis’ conversion at Rheims in 496. The Franks were the most successful of the Germanic Kingdoms and the only one to survive and become a modern nation state. Detailed provenance unknown but certainly France or Western Germany.

$1650.00

BL 1. Gilt Silver Frankish Bow Brooch ca. 5th-6th Cent. AD.

A sumptuous Merovingian Brooch in superb condition. These were worn in pairs to pin a woman’s cloak at the shoulders and were symbols of status in Germanic Culture. Highly detailed with niello decoration and a beast head terminal. Iron pin and catch plate still intact. 2.5″ in length. Finely wrought by a Germanic Silver Smith for a wealthy woman. The Franks were a fierce tribe and early champions of Catholic Christianity while their barbarian cousins were steadfast Arian (see heresy of Arius) Christians. This was due to their great King Clovis’ conversion at Rheims in 496. The Franks were the most successful of the Germanic Kingdoms and the only one to survive and become a modern nation state. Detailed provenance unknown but certainly France or Western Germany.

$1650.00