Circa 7th Century A.D., Europe, probably Italy
Lombardic gold disk
The Lombard Kingdom was an early medieval state established by the Lombards, a Germanic people, on the Italian Peninsula in the latter part of the 6th century. The produced elaborate pieces of jewellery often incorporating stones, gems and cloisonnÃ©. One of the most famous hordes found is the â€˜Sutri treasuresâ€™, now kept in the British Museum.
With an elaborate design of four raised bosses decorated with roundels of beaded wire, triangular motifs also filled with similar small roundels between, with a raised inner band, spirals of beaded gold wire and other motifs around it, a raised oval cell inset with a garnet in the centre, with a spiral outer border, and a beaded band on the shallow, in-curving sides of the rim.
Previously in the Collection of Comtesse Martine-Marie-Octavie Pol de BÃ©hague (1870-1939), Paris.
Thence by descent to Marquis Jean-Louis Hubert de Ganay (1922-2013), France.
Sold at: AntiquitÃ©s et Objets d’Art: Collection de Martine, Comtesse de BÃ©hague, Provenant de la Succession du Marquis de Ganay, Sotheby’s, Monaco, 5 December 1987, Lot 40.
AntiquitÃ©s et Objets d’Art: Collection de Martine, Comtesse de BÃ©hague, Provenant de la Succession du Marquis de Ganay, Sotheby’s, Monaco, 5 December 1987, Lot 40.