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Historical Archive: Rock Crystal 5th to 8th century

quartz stone, not glass


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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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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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bound pendant from Picquigny, rock crystal and gold, Merovingian, Ashmolean AM 1909.661a
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Merovingian crystal sphere found with the burial of Childeric (formerly bound), CdM
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Merovingian 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 icosahedron, Merovingian or 1st-2nd c., BM 1923,0401.1184. For another view see BM.
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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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rock crystal buckles probably from Merovingian contexts, RGM D663 and D62
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Anglo-Saxon small-long fibulae with amber and crystal beads (one a faceted whorl) from Barrington B, CMAA Z.21298
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glass and amber Anglo-Saxon beads with rock crystal spindle whorl from Selmeston 7, Lewes Castle Museum 52.42.6
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Adoration of the Magi (abbreviated), crystal intaglio in gold pendant, 6th-7th c., DO
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Adoration of the Magi, crystal intaglio in gold pendant, profile, 6th-7th c., DO
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Angel at the Sepulchre, crystal intaglio in gold pendant, 6th-7th c., DO 58.30
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Angel at the Sepulchre, crystal intaglio in gold pendant lit from reverse, 6th-7th c., DO 58.30
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Angel with globus cruciger, engraved reverse, crystal intaglio, 6th-7thc., CdM
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Baptism of Christ, engraved reverse, crystal intaglio, 6th-7thc., Met 31.12.3
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Baptism of Christ, detail, crystal intaglio, 6th-7thc., Met 31.12.3
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Christ and the Haemorrhoissa, obverse, crystal intaglio, 6th-7thc., ANS
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Christ and the Haemorrhoissa, engraved reverse, crystal intaglio, 6th-7thc., ANS
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Christ Emmanuel, crystal intaglio pendant backed with blue glass, obverse, 6th-7thc., DO 50.35
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Christ Emmanuel, crystal intaglio pendant backed with blue glass, reverse, DO 50.35
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Christ Emmanuel, crystal intaglio pendant backed with blue glass, profile, 6th-7thc., DO 50.35
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Cross with Christ, lamb, and angels, engraved reverse, crystal intaglio, 6th-7thc., CdM M6606
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Cross with Orant, or stepped cross with trees, engraved reverse, crystal intaglio, 6th-7thc., CdM M4543
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Eleanor Vase: crystal vessel Sasanian sixth/seventh century, or Islamic; metalwork 1137-47. Louvre MR 340. This work has its own page.
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rock crystal faceted spindle whorl, Alfriston grave 65, c.500-560, Lewes Castle Museum
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rock crystal faceted spindle whorl, Alfriston grave 65, c.500-560, Lewes Castle Museum
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rock crystal faceted spindle whorl, Alfriston grave 65, c.500-560, Lewes Castle Museum
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Cup of Chosroes. Gold, rock crystal, red and green glass, Sassanian, 531-579. CdM Chab. 2538. This work has its own page.
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bound pendant from Chessell Down grave 45: dark crystal in silver, 2nd half of 6th c., BM 1867,0729.1
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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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stamp seal of Anastasios, crystal intaglio, 7th-8th c. Medinet Habu (Egypt), Met 08.202.28
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stamp seal of Anastasios, crystal intaglio with metalwork mount, 7th-8th c. Medinet Habu (Egypt), Met 08.202.28