Stephen N. Fliegel Curator of Medieval Art
C. Griffith Mann Chief Curator
Frankish, early Carolingian, late 8th century - early 9th century
gold with repoussé and filigree decoration; copper backplate, Diameter: h. 7.7 cm (3 in.). Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2009.344
Women used brooches like this to fasten their veils beneath the chin. Its rare form--a hexagram--suggests that it also functioned as a talisman or amulet to attract good luck and to ward off evil.
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