Height: 5.000 cm
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
Lombardic, 7th century
Probably from Italy
Inlaid gold earring of 'basket' type
This gold earring, with inlays of garnet and
glass, belongs to one of the commonest Lombardic types.
'Basket' earrings are named after the basket-shaped
Earrings were adopted by the Lombards from the fashion of Late Antiquity (about 4th-mid-7th centuries AD). This one copies a Byzantine form.
K.R. Brown, 'Langobardic earrings. A collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art re-assessed', The Connoisseur-3, 205: 822 (1980), pp. 272-75