From Attila to Charlemagne: Arts of the Early Medieval Period in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Early Medieval period (approximately A.D. 400-800) has traditionally been referred to as the Dark Ages or the Migration Period, yet the objects of personal adornment and everyday use from this era-from elaborate weapon fittings and ornate buckles to intricate jewelry-reveal a considerably more complex picture. In this book European and American specialists discuss the holdings of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in this area, presenting the first comprehensive study of this rich repository of arts from the many...
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Overview

The Early Medieval period (approximately A.D. 400-800) has traditionally been referred to as the Dark Ages or the Migration Period, yet the objects of personal adornment and everyday use from this era-from elaborate weapon fittings and ornate buckles to intricate jewelry-reveal a considerably more complex picture. In this book European and American specialists discuss the holdings of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in this area, presenting the first comprehensive study of this rich repository of arts from the many cultures and peoples forming early Europe, among them the Ostrogoths, Langobards, Franks, and Anglo-Saxons.

Of interest to scholars and laypersons, the publication of this book coincides with the opening of the Museum's new galleries for the arts of Byzantium and the Early Medieval period. It also inaugurates a series that will present the results of Metropolitan symposia at which scholars assess various aspects of the Museum's collections.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780300088946
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Director's Foreword
Contributors
Editors' Preface
Color Plates
1 Morgan - The Man and the Collector 2
2 Morgan and the Formation of the Early Medieval Collection 8
3 The Golden Age of Merovingian Archaeology 12
4 The Niederbreisig Collection 28
5 From Attila to Charlemagne 42
6 Some Classical Elements in Migration Period Jewelry 50
7 Late Roman and Early Byzantine Jewelry 58
8 The Vermand Treasure 78
9 A Luxury Brooch from the Second Szilagy-Somlyo Treasure? 90
10 Huns and Goths: Jewelry from the Ukraine and Southern Russia 102
11 On the Frontiers of Byzantium 120
12 The Domagnano Treasure 132
13 The Langobardic Finds and the Archaeology of Central Italy 140
14 Some "Langobardic" Earrings 164
15 The Vrap Treasure 170
16 Some Avar and Balkan Connections of the Vrap Treasure 180
17 Visigothic Jewelry of the Sixth and Seventh Centuries 188
18 Artistry in the West 204
19 Garnet Jewelry of the Fifth and Sixth Centuries 214
20 Early Merovingian Women's Brooches 226
21 Aspects of Late Merovingian Costume in the Morgan Collection 242
22 The Frankish Glass Vessels 268
23 Eclectic Art of the Early Anglo-Saxon Jewelry 282
24 The Silver-Inlaid Iron Belt Fittings in the Morgan Collection 292
25 Some Scandinavian Art Styles 308
26 The "Earlier" Lindau Book Cover: An Integrated Analysis 322
Materials and Techniques in the Early Medieval Collection: A Checklist of the Illustrated Objects 337
Bibliography 360
Index 391
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