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Bright Lights in the Dark AgesThe Thaw Collection of Early Medieval Ornaments

Published by GILES in association with the Morgan Library & Museum, New York

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Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 408 pages, 305 x 229 mm (9 x 12 in)

Illustrations — 210 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£65.00/US$95.00

ISBN — 978-1-907804-25-0

News  —  Bright Lights in the Dark Ages in The New York...

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"Major look at a New York jewelry collection". Read Eve Kahn's article in The New York Times

An important new volume focused on early Medieval personal ornament.

Fatures over 100 magnificent objects, many crafted in gold and silver and inlaid with sparkling garnet stones, created to advertise power and wealth in the barbarian kingdoms, and interred with their owners to be used in the afterlife.

About the Book

Bright Lights in the Dark Ages is a major new volume focused on early Medieval personal ornament. The exceptionally broad scope of the Thaw collection, spanning over a millennium, illustrates the continuity and evolution of fine metalworking traditions. It also reveals the profound influence of the classical world on the new political alliances formed during the early Medieval period that united people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Groups of Iranian Sarmatians and Alans, Turkic tribes from the east, and Germanic and Slavic barbarians in western Europe were all shaped by their interaction with the Roman and Byzantine empires.

Highlights of this volume, replete with sumptuous images, include stunning brooches from the Sarmatian period, rare examples of Hunnic and Gothic garnet cloisonné, exceptional brooches from the Merovingian period, and superb Gallo-Roman enameled brooches and spoons.

About the Author(s)

Dr. Noël Adams is currently Administrator and Deputy Curator of the Furusiyya Art Foundation. She publishes widely on material culture of the first millennium A.D. and has co-edited and contributed papers to the British Museum Research Publication series, most recently: Recent Research on Byzantine Jewellery (2010) and ‘Gems of Heaven’: Recent Research on Engraved Gemstones in Late Antiquity, AD 200–600 (2011). Dr. Adams has organized exhibitions at the National Trust Visitor Centre at Sutton Hoo, the British Museum, and the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.