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Miranda Jackovich

The Early Medieval era was a combination of Nordic and Celtic culture that incorporated a religion originating along the Mediterranean with a culture of its own. ‘The High Crosses of Ahenny’ from County Tipperary, Ireland incorporated the Byzantine cross with traditional celtic knot motifs. ‘The Coronation Gospels, Gospel of Matthew’ displays the classic Greco-Roman robes. Some pieces from ‘The Jewelry of Queen Arnegunde’ (580-590 CE) share similar characteristics to Byzantine jewelry and are believed to be imported. Many different factors including art, fashion, and religion were brought to the region through trade and conquest. With multiple cultures influencing the Early Medieval era it created a unique culture of its own that we ironically know as the ‘Dark Ages’.