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Historical Archive: Continental beads and spindle whorls, 5th-8th c.

A list of unposted objects appears after the thumbnails below. They will be posted after publication.
If you need an image before then, feel free to contact me and I will prioritize the requested object.


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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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glass bead from Rhenen grave 413, mid to early 2nd half of 6th c., Leiden Rh 413
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spindle whorls and beads from Rhenen grave 413: rock crystal, glass, amber, mid to early 2nd half of 6th c., Leiden Rh 413
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amber beads from Rheinhessen, mid to 2nd half of 6th c., LMM O,4035
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glass melon bead from Rhenen, Merovingian, Leiden Rh 095 Ac
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glass melon bead from Rhenen, Merovingian, Leiden Rh 095 Ac
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glass spindle whorl from Rhenen grave 380, Merovingian, Leiden Rh 380 G
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glass spindle whorl from Rhenen grave 380, Merovingian, Leiden Rh 380 G
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glass spindle whorl from Rhenen grave 380, Merovingian, Leiden Rh 380 G
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glass spindle whorl from Rhenen grave 380, Merovingian, Leiden Rh 380 G
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glass spindle whorl from Rhenen grave 402, Merovingian, Leiden Rh 402
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glass spindle whorl from Rhenen grave 402, Merovingian, Leiden Rh 402
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glass spindle whorl from Rhenen grave 402, Merovingian, Leiden Rh 402
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glass spindle whorl from Rhenen grave 600, Merovingian, Leiden Rh 600 C
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glass spindle whorl from Rhenen grave 600, Merovingian, Leiden Rh 600 C
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glass spindle whorl from Rhenen grave 600, Merovingian, Leiden Rh 600 C
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glass spindle whorl from Rhenen grave 600, Merovingian, Leiden Rh 600 C
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rock crystal spindle whorl from Rhenen Donderberg grave 413 (Leiden Rh 413), fitted on to Carolingian bone spindle rod from Dorestad, Leiden
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rock crystal spindle whorl said to be from Jerusalem, “Tomb of the Prophets” (Merovingian?), BM 49/11-27/13
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rock crystal spindle whorl said to be from Jerusalem, “Tomb of the Prophets” (Merovingian?), BM 49/11-27/13
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rock crystal spindle whorl said to be from Jerusalem, “Tomb of the Prophets” (Merovingian?), BM 49/11-27/13
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rock crystal spindle whorl said to be from Jerusalem, “Tomb of the Prophets" (Merovingian?), BM 49/11-27/13


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Arcy-Sainte-Restitue: 2 faceted crystal whorls, MAN 36287, 36287

Basel Kleinhüningen grave 35: faceted crystal c.510-30, HMB 1933.486

Basel-Kleinhüningen grave 94, glass melon bead HMB 1935.509

Basel Kleinhüningen grave 191: faceted blue glass, 5th c., HMB 1946.537

Basel Kleinhüningen grave 230: faceted crystal, c.480-510, HMB 1948.209

Basel-Kleinhüningen, lobed green glass bead, HMB 1906.835K

Basel-Kleinhüningen, yellow and red glass spindle whorl, HMB 1906.835L

Chaouilley grave 21: faceted crystal c.525-560, MAN, 78748

Chassemy grave 58: faceted crystal 2nd quarter of 6th c., MAN, Chassemy 36287

Deißlingen grave 16 (1930): faceted crystal c.530-55, WLM, F74,12

Deißlingen grave 28: faceted green glass, WLM

Entringen grave from 1927: faceted blue glass c.460-80, WLM

Entringen grave 1 from 1930: faceted blue glass WLM, A 30/214

Férebrianges grave 4: faceted crystal, MAN, 67187

Frénouville grave 18: faceted crystal, Musée de Normandie de Caen, 72.6.42

Fridingen an der Donau grave 150: faceted crystal c.530-55, WLM, F85,135

Gültlingen no context: faceted crystal, WLM, 11384,18

Gültlingen, amber sword bead, WLM 10 102,5

Hemmingen grave 2: fragmentary faceted blue glass c.480-510, WLM

Honnay-Revogne no context: faceted crystal, Namur, Musée Provincial des Arts anciens du Namurois

Jerusalem “Tomb of the Prophets” (said to be from): faceted crystal, BM 49/11-27/15

Joches grave 1: faceted crystal, MAN, 68133

Kirchheim am Neckar no context: faceted crystal c.480-510, WLM, F64/1

Köln St-Severin grave III 73: faceted blue glass c.570, RGM

Lavoye grave 295: faceted blue glass, MAN 73309

Maastricht Pandhof grave 418, beads, City of Maastricht

Oberstotzingen: strigillated crystal bead, WLM

Pfullingen or possibly Kienlesberg no context: partial faceted crystal, WLM, Pfull. S.U. 31,1593

Rhenen Donderberg grave 413: faceted crystal, Leiden Rh 413 F

Rill no context: faceted crystal, RLM 30940

Samson no context: faceted blue glass, Namur, Musée Provincial des Arts anciens du Namurois

Schretzheim grave 33: faceted crystal c.530-55, Stadt- und Hochstiftmuseum Dillingen

Schretzheim, green and white glass spindle whorl, Stadt- und Hochstiftmuseum Dillingen

Vieuxville grave 49: faceted crystal, Jambes, Ministère de la Région wallonne, Direction de l’Archéologie

Wellin grave 19: faceted crystal 2nd to 3rd quarter of 6th c., Marche-en-Famenne, Le Musée des Francs et de la Famenne, MF/We/16

Ukraine, cubo-octahedral crystal beads, 4th to 6th c., RGM

Unknown provenance: 2 faceted crystal, RGM, Diergardt Collection 554, 555

Unknown provenance: crystal melon bead, RGM D136

Unknown provenance: faceted crystal, Met Collection Morgan, 17.192.167

Unknown provenance: faceted crystal, MAN, Diergardt Collection 1923, 70497