In anticipation of the debut of the new galleries of medieval art, Stephen Fliegel, curator of medieval art, acquired an exceptional example of Frankish metalwork, a brooch featuring a fantastical animal turning back to grasp its own tail in its mouth. Produced in the late eighth or early ninth century and designed to be worn on the body, this brooch adds a distinctive and rare object to the museum’s small collection of European migration jewelry. The brooch belongs to a small subset of Frankish jewels conforming to a form that takes its inspiration from a hexagram motif known as the Seal of Solomon, and later known as the Star of David.
– Brooch in the Form of a Six-Pointed Star late 700s-early 800s. Frankish, Early Carolingian.