Ancient Merovingian, Carolingian, Ottonian And Langobardian Kingdoms Of The Franks
The Germanic tribes achieved conquest over a mix of people, including the Gauls, the Bretons, the Belges, and the Gascons. The Kingdom of the Franks expanded from Austrasia, established by the Merovingian dynasty. Their territory corresponded largely to ancient Gaul as well as Raetia, Germania Superior and Germania Magna.
Carolingian Silver Vessel; ca mid-9th c, found in Vale of York Hoard, North Yorkshire Silver-gilt and nielloed cup/(?)pyx/(?)ciborium of globular form with a plain, flat base, a short, slightly concave neck, and a thickened, flat rim; the body is chased in very low relief with six cable-bordered roundels, each enclosing a running animal in front of a bush, or tree motif. Medium: silver, niello, gilded, chased
Frankish Benedictine monk, Hrabanus Maurus, wrote De laudibus sanctae crucis, a collection of 28 encrypted religious poems in praise of the holy cross. Arranged in the carmina figurata style of word pictures, in which shapes appropriate to the textual context are created by the outlines of letters, phrases or verses of poetry, these became much-admired and often copied.
Detail,intaglio Carolingian of St. Denis in Enger,Berlin Kunstgwerbemuseum ca 1100 ,attributed to the shop of Roger Helmarshausen
Date: first half of the 7th century Geography: Made in, Hermes, France Culture: Frankish Medium: Gold sheet, beaded wire; granulation, clear glass inlaid with red glazing on the underside; gold sheet attached to a copper alloy back with silver rivets; no spring/pin or attachment posts extant. Dimensions: Overall: 1 x 3/16 in. (2.6 x 0.5 cm)
Frankish 7th C. Disk Brooch. Gold sheet, beaded wire; granulation, clear glass inlaid with red glazing on the underside; gold sheet attached to a copper alloy back with silver rivets; no spring/pin or attachment posts extant. Dimensions: Overall: 1 x 3/16 in. (2.6 x 0.5 cm)
Frankish, Disk brooch, 7th century or later
7th century Culture: Frankish Medium: Gold, silver core, nails, paste cabochon, gold wire, copper alloy pin
Gold Disc Brooch Merovingian, late 6th century AD Probably from Germany Inlaid with garnets and a blue glass stud
British Museum - Gold disc brooch
Frankish Fibulae, mid-6th century (Musée des Antiquities Nationales, Saint-Germain-en-Laye) This pair of Frankish fibulae is a great example of cloisonné, a technique that was popular in barbarian art. This technique is characterized by inlaid semi-precious stones. In fact, the word cloisonné literally means “partitioned” in French. The artisan would solder wires onto a metal base and fill the areas those wires created with stones