Grave goods of a Lombard woman
Type: Grave goods, Fibulae, Pendants, Cemeteries, Jewelry
Date: Last third of the fifth century
Location or Findspot (Modern-Day Country): Hungary
Medium: Silver, Gilt-silver, Niello
Description: The cemetery of Balatonszemes–Szemesi-berek, on the south shore of Lake Balaton in Hungary, was discovered during motorway excavations (1999–2000) and was found to have an unusually high number of rich female graves from the last third of the fifth century. It offers evidence of Germanic Lombards migrating to the region in this period. The grave of one woman who died in her early to mid-thirties (grave 150) included a pair of bow fibulas (gilt-silver and niello) found on her waist, shoe buckles (silver) found around her feet, and a bound pendant (pebble bound in silver).
Relevant Textbook Chapter(s): 2
Repository and Online Resources: • For more views, visit the page for this site on the Kornbluth Photography website. • These grave goods are now in the Rippl-Rónai Múzeum, Kaposvár, Hungary.
Image Credits: Genevra Kornbluth
Tags: Status and identity, Burial and tombs, Clothing and adornment, Metalwork, Treasure, Women, Eastern European, Late Antique