Silver armlet, penannular; oval section expanding to faceted trumpet-shaped terminals.
- Diameter: 51 millimetres (oval)
- Weight: 16.27 grammes
- Percentage: 93 % of rim (silver)
No. 1923,0716.119 is similar, but has transversely ribbed ends. It is also D-shaped in section, heavier and thicker. Trumpet-shaped solid silver armlets with ribbed or plain ends are simply variants of the same type.
There are many similar armlets of gold, silver, or copper alloy from barbarian Europe. They appear from the 3rd century with Central-Asiatic and Caucasian roots and became popular during the Hunnic era, representing an ‘international fashion’ which lasted into the 7th century. The silver and copper-alloy armlets are simpler variants of the gold ones. Silver ones have been found, e.g. in Skalyste (Skalistoye), grave no. 288, at Artek (Ukraine) and Valea Strîmbă (Tekerő patak; Romania), Ficarolo, grave 4 (Italy), Kapolcs, grave 1  and Soponya (Hungary).
There is a wide range in the dating of these armlets due to different theories concerning the associated grave goods. They appear for instance with eagle-headed buckles (Skalyste, copper-alloy armlet, grave 420), with large buckles with pentagonal attachment-plates (Skalyste, grave 288), and with earrings with polyhedral beads (Kapolcs, grave 1).
According to Werner the gold ones were in use for 300 years from the beginning of the 3rd century till the end of the 5th century in the Germanic world. They were symbolic of high rank and were worn on the right wrist.
1. Veimarn E.V. and Ambroz A.K. 1980, Bol’shaya pryazhka iz skalistinskogo mogil’nika (sklep 288). SA, 1980 - 3, 247–62. 248 ill. 1:14; 15 – dated to mid-7th century; Veimarn E.V. and Aibabin A.I. 1993, Skalistinsky mogil’nik. Kiev., 57–8, ill. 37:4, 5
2. Repnikov N.I. 1906, Nekotorie mogil‘niki oblasti krymskikh gotov. IAK, 19, 1–80. pl. XI:9
3. Bóna I. 1986a, Daciától Erdo˝elvéig. A népvándorlás kora Erdélyben (271–896). In: Erdély története, vol.I. Budapest, 107–234. pl. 24:2 – dates it to the 4th century – Visigothic
4. Bierbrauer V. et al. 1993, Die Dame von Ficarolo. Archeologia Medievale 20. 320, ill. 4:1 – second half of the 5th/mid-6th century – Frankish, Alamannic with 5th-century East Germanic roots
5. Cs. Dax M. 1980, Keleti germán női sírok Kapolcson. VMMK 15, 98, 102, ill. 6:33;34; 11:1;2 – Gepid, Ostrogothic or Alanic type
6. Bóna I. 1971, A népvándorlás kora Fejér megyében. Fejér megye története az őskortól a honfoglalásig 5, (Székesfehérvár), 221–314 , 230, ill.9 – 5th century Suevic
7. Veimarn E.V. 1979, Skalistinsky sklep 420. KSIA 158, 34, 37; ill. 2:5 – dates it to the second half of the 6th century; Veimarn and Aibabin 1993, op cit., 98–101, ill. 72, 73, dating: 187
8. Werner J. 1980, Der goldene Armring des Frankenkönigs Childerich und die germanischen Handgelenkringe der jüngeren Kaiserzeit. Frühmittelalterliche Studien 14, 4–7, 23
19 October 1993 - 20 March 1992
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