The Necropolis. Apparent luxury

Visigodos Pulse para ampliar Visigodos. Sala 23, vitrina 23.4

The Middle Ages: Visigoths (6th-7th century)Salto de línea

Tombs from the Visigothic period have been found to contain numerous grave goods, even though this practice was not part of the Christian rite. Most of the objects were clothing accessories, such as belt buckles and brooches, sometimes shaped like animals such eagles, deer and doves, or personal ornaments like necklaces, earrings and rings. Small pottery vessels, usually jars or jugs, and plates and bowls of glass have been found Inside the tombs and forming part of the funeral trousseau

Aristocratic visigothic tombs are easier to identify because their ornaments were made out of precious metals. Thus, we found necklaces, dangling and hoop earrings, rings and eagle brooches of gilt bronze set with bits of glass and precious stones. It stands out for its richness the grave goods of the tomb of a Visigoth woman found in El Turuñuelo (Medellín, Badajoz) dated at the end of the 6th century. Comprising gold threads, a set of 15 gold dress appliqués or bracteas made with fine plates of embossed gold and, above all, a gold brooch stamped with the Epiphany motif. In this brooch the Virgin with the Child and the three Magi can be seen under the Star of Bethlehem. An inscription in Greek indicates its Byzantine origin.