In a paper for British Museum, Neil Christie looks at "cultural and socio-politico-economic context" of Byzantine-Lombard jewelery in 6th through 8th century. (photos)
In an abstract posted on Medievalists.net of Intelligible Beauty: recent research on Byzantine jewellery (British Museum, 2010), Christie writes:
This is not a paper that will analyse in detail the design, inspiration, cultural affinities and production or manufacturing techniques of specific jewellery or craft items; nor is it one that identifies how jewellery or dress items were carried, worn or displayed and how such forms and fashions evolved. Instead it seeks to place objects into a cultural and socio-politico-economic context and to highlight the ways we might look at or interpret their presence, movements and functions; it will question the cultural labels we apply to these and at the same time assess the fluidity of these and highlight the contacts, sharings and borrowings between peoples through objects.
The article includes a link to the original paper.
Thanks to Baroness Francesca de Onorati for the link.