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Historical Archive: Continental pendants, 5th-8th c.

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Szilágy Somlyó amulet chain, gold/rock crystal, prob. c.400-50, poss. late 4th c., KHM VIIb 1. The Szilágy Somlyó treasure has its own page with other views.
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gold bracteate, 5th c. Denmark, prob. Tyr overcoming Fenris, Hermitage OH-З-Aз-5837
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bound pendant from M7 motorway (Hungary) grave 150: pebble in silver, late 5th c., Kaposvár. For more views and accompanying objects see this cemetery's page.
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gold bead and pendant from Colli Imolesi, 6th c.? Imola 4033 and 4032. For oblique view see Imola.
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gold bracteate, Denmark c.500, Hermitage OH-З-Aз-5838
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gold bracteate from Wapno, Poland, c.500-50, MVF II. 5690
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bound pendant from Giberville ‘Le Martray’ grave 27, rock crystal and silver, c.550-600, Musée de Normandie de Caen 79.4.80
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bound pendant from Maastricht St. Servaeskerk Pandhof grave 418, rock crystal and silver, 3rd quarter of 6th to 7th c., City of Maastricht MST 418
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bound pendant from Zamárdi (Hungary) grave 517, blue glass in sliver, 7th c., Kaposvár. For more views and accompanying objects see this grave's page.
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pendant ring (strap/chain divider) with chain from Zamárdi grave 517, copper alloy, 7th c., Kaposvár.
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pendant containing chain mail fragment, with copper alloy chain, from Zamárdi grave 517, formerly attached to pendant ring, 7th c., Kaposvár.
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silver/gilt pendant, early 7th c. Avar, Morgan 2012.2:80
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belt hangers from St. Alban's grave 3, Mainz, bronze, 1st half of 7th c., LMM N6034
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gold pendant with Roman agate intaglio from Kirchheim am Ries grave 326, mid-7th c., WLM F 70/269 326 (22)
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gold pendant with Roman carnelian intaglio from Kirchheim am Ries grave 326, mid-7th c., WLM F70/269 326 (4)
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Saint-Denis no context, no. 2 stolen/recovered in 1974: Merovingian crystal in silver gilt, MAN 87.214. For other views see MAN.
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Saint-Denis no context, no. 11 stolen/recovered in 1974: Merovingian crystal in gold, MAN 87.204. For other views see MAN.
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crystal sphere found with the burial of Childeric (formerly bound), CdM
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bound pendant from Picquigny, rock crystal and gold, Merovingian, Ashmolean AM 1909.661a
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Hercules clubs from Basel-Kleinhüningen grave 126, bone, Merovingian, HMB 1934. 250
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bracteate from Maastricht Pandhof 418, gold and garnet, City of Maastricht


Bound Pendants

Andernach Kirchenberg grave 45: crystal in silver, RLM 2470

Andernach Kirchenberg no context: crystal in copper alloy, Ashmolean 1909.761

Arcy-Sainte-Restitue grave 3047: iron ore in silver, MAN 36301

Artres unnumbered grave: crystal in gold, BM Franks Bequest, M&LA, AF 518

Bad Breisig-Niederbreisig no context: iron ore formerly bound, Met 17.193.60

Bargen grave 43: iron ore in fragmentary copper alloy, Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe, Bar 309

Bonn no context: crystal in copper alloy or silver, RLM 15739

Caranda grave 1056: iron ore in silver, early 6th c, MAN 362992

Chassemy grave 73: iron ore in silver and crystal in copper alloy or silver, 1st third of 6th c., MAN

Chelles (Oise) grave 164: crystal in silver, MAN, 28386

Dagersheim grave from 1897: crystal in silver, WLM 10972.3

Dettingen a.d. Erms no context: crystal eagle intaglio in copper alloy, WLM Dettingen/E 29/154

Frénouville grave 603: crystal in copper alloy, mid 6th c., Musée de Normandie de Caen, 72.9.264

Friedberg grave 8: fossil echinoid in silver, Darmstadt, Hessisches Landesmuseum, Friedberg II.B.40

Giberville grave 102B: dark crystal in silver, 2nd half of 6th c., Musée de Normandie de Caen, 79.4.181

Graben-Neudorf no context: iron ore formerly bound, c.480-510, Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe Gra 1-29

Heidenheim-Großkuchen grave 3: iron ore in silver, 1st third of 6th c., WLM, F80, 3

Hemmingen grave 14: lower part of a crystal club formerly in iron, c.480-510, WLM F 67/11

Hemmingen grave 51 (7): iron ore formerly bound, c.480-510, WLM F 67/46

Iversheim grave 53: translucent green glass in copper alloy, c.640-70, RLM

Köln Müngersdorf grave 127: dark crystal in silver, c.555-70, RGM 57,101

Köln St-Severin grave V, 217: iron ore in silver, 1st third of 6th c., RGM, 29, 665

Maastricht, cemetery: iron ore in ?iron, City of Maastricht

Mössingen, crystal in silver, WLM, F71 161

Mülhofen “Auf’m Rötchen”, no context: dark green glass playing piece in copper alloy, RLM 38,357

Neresheim grave 143: hexagonal crystal termination in silver, WLM, F 79, 206

Pleidelsheim grave 94: copper alloy ball in copper alloy, c.480-510, WLM, F 71/82

Pleidelsheim grave 128: dark crystal in silver, c.555-80, WLM, F71/111

Rheinkamp-Eick grave 46: dark crystal formerly in silver, c.555-70, RLM 57, 1137

Rheinkamp-Eick grave 137: whitish grainy stone in copper alloy, c.610-40, RLM 59, 520, 06 f

Rheinkamp-Eick. grave 139: dark grainy stone in metal, c.585-640, RLM 59, 522, 02

Rhenen Donderberg grave 79: crystal in silver, 2nd third of 6th c., Leiden Rh 79 D

Riedstadt-Leeheim grave 19: whitish quartz pebble in copper alloy, Darmstadt, Hessisches Landesmuseum 1973: 28,7 c

Rödingen grave 102, crystal in 1977 silver mount, and fragmentary original, c.520/30-600, RLM, 50.520

Saint-Martin-de-Fontenay grave 62: iron ore in copper alloy, 1st quarter of 6th c., Caen, Musée de Normandie, D 87.9.62.1

Schretzheim grave 598: iron ore in copper alloy, c.650/60-680, Dillingen, Stadt- u. Hochstiftmuseum, 10130

Tannheim no context, crystal in copper alloy (copy of lost original), WLM, A 361

Trivières grave 472: crystal in silver, Musée royal de Mariemont, X.893

Vicq no context: dark crystal in silver, top remade, MAN 83673

Xanten St. Viktor grave 89: ivory in copper alloy, RLM Fundnr. X744-X1482

Unknown provenance: hexagonal crystal termination in silver, RGM, D137

Unknown provenance: fragmented iron ore in silver, RGM, D355

Unknown provenance: heavily flawed crystal in silver (17th c?), RGM, D557

Unknown provenance: agate bead in gold, BM, AF 519

Unknown provenance: crystal in gold, BM, AF 517

Unknown provenance: iron ore in silver, MAN 36298

Unknown provenance: iron ore in copper alloy, MAN Diergardt 70534


Other Pendants

Hercules club from Schretzheim, bone, Stadt- und Hochstiftmuseum Dillingen 1645

antler rings from Schretzheim, Stadt- und Hochstiftmuseum Dillingen

pierced teeth and claw from Schretzheim, Stadt- und Hochstiftmuseum Dillingen

cowrie shell on suspension loop, RGM D708

pierced claw from Basel-Gotterbarmweg grave 6, HMB 1915.65

conch shell on suspension loop from Basel-Kleinhüningen grave 126, HMB 1934.250

conch shell on suspension loop from Basel-Gotterbarmweg grave 6, HMB 1915.75