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Leaf-shaped pendant

  • Leaf-shaped pendant © Ministerio de Cultura

    Leaf-shaped pendant © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Precious metalwork

Date

501=700

Cultural background

Visigothic

Original title

Colgante en forma de hoja
Guadalajara Museum
Guadalajara
Guadalajara, Castile-La Mancha
Guadalajara

This piece shows evidence of originality in its design and technique, with a naturalistic trend which can be seen in the depiction of the veins on both sides of the leaf.

This delicate gold pendant probably formed part of a larger ornament. Reccopolis, the city founded by the Visigoth king Liuvigild in honour of his son Reccared (578 A.C.), provided a valuable collection of ornamental gold articles, including stone moulds for producing earrings, or trays for small weighing scales, indicating the demand for ornamental items in the Visigoth city. This was proof of the prosperity of this town at certain moments of its history.

Details of the work

Object
Pendant

Dimensions
Length = 3,80 cm; Width = 3,20 cm; Thickness = 0,10 cm.

Technique
Smelting

Material
Gold

  

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