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        Selection of jewellery and weapons from the Treasure of Childeric

        Merovingian (5th century); French. Medium: gold and garnet. Childeric I (426-491) King of the Salian Franks; the treasure was found in 1653 in Childeric's tomb at Tournai. Belgium and given in 1665 to King Louis XIV of France, who placed the objects in his Cabinet de m�dailles, today in the Biblioth�que nationale de France; stolen in 1831, some of the treasure was recovered from the river Seine; objects shown in the photo include (L to R top row); head of a lance (fram�e), crystal globe, axe head (francisque); (middle row): fragments of a scramasax (sword; (lower rows); bees, buckle and ring; the bees probably were used as decoration for horse harness and later they caught the attention of Emperor Napoleon I who adopted the bee as a symbolic emblem linking the new Bonaparte dynasty with the origins of France and the Merovingian dynasty. Tr�sor de Child�ric. Provenance: Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.


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