Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

GLASS OF THE EARLY MIGRATION PERIOD 5TH TO 6TH CENTURY

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on December 31, 2018

 

The Middle Ages in European history is between the decline of the Roman Empire in the 5th century and the dawn of the Renaissance in the 15th century. The Migration period or early Middle Ages is 5th to 8th C.  This post will concentrate on glass made up the 6th C.  Fortunately, the Roman glass maker had local pupils who learned the trade and took care of the continuity in making glass.  Without their Roman over lords these glass makers soon developed their own style and forms. The Franks-Merovingian vessels of the early Migration period will illustrate the change in styling from the decorative man designs. The forms and colors are cruder, less ornamental with simpler shapes.  Also, in the 5th to 6th century in Europe you find glass which is called late is Roman. These glasses have a more Roman styling, decoration and design but at the same time they are not the same classic Roman style found in the 1st to 4th C.

Glass of The Early Migration Period 5th To 6th Century

Nico F. Bijnsdorp collection Merovingian cone beaker Late 5th – early 6th century

Merovingian bag beaker in Rijksmuseum voor Oudheden Leiden 5th to 7th century

 

Lattice pattern Beaker 6-7th C at MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY, CAMBRIDGE UK

 

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