Domagnano Treasure

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Domagnano Treasure
Domagnano Treasure.JPG Part of the Domagnano Treasure displayed in the British Museum
Material Gold and precious stones
Created Late 5th - early 6th Centuries AD
Period/culture Ostrogothic
Present location British Museum
Identification 1933,0405.1–11

The Domagnano Treasure is an important Ostrogothic hoard found at Domagnano, Republic of San Marino in the late nineteenth century. The treasure is now divided between various institutions, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi [1], although the bulk of the hoard is currently held by the British Museum in London and the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg.[2]


The treasure was apparently discovered in 1892-1893 at the Lagucci farm near Domagnano in the Republic of San Marino. The exact circumstances of its discovery remain unclear, but it is thought that the hoard was part of one or more graves. The Domagnano Treasure is largely composed of a set of jewellery from the 5th or 6th centuries that may have belonged to an Ostrogothic princess or noble lady of high rank.


The Domagnano Treasure seems to have been made for a royal client as the purity of the precious metals used in its manufacture and the quality of the craftsmanship is very high. The design of some of the jewellery incorporate Christian motifs and also reflect contemporary fashions from the Byzantine Empire and the Gothic period. The treasure is now divided among various museums, as follows:

  • Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg: A fibula in the shape of an eagle, an earring, five pendants from a necklace and a cicada fibula (in the shape of an insect).[3]
  • British Museum : An earring, three pendants from a necklace, a large and small mount, a pair of knife sheaths, a finger ring, a gold hair pin with flat disk head and a chain necklace.[4]
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi: A fibula in the shape of an eagle


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Further reading[edit]

  • M. Nawroth, 'Der Fund von Domagnano, Republik San Marino' in Anzeiger des Germanischen National Museum (2000), pp. 89–101
  • S. Marzinzik, Masterpieces: Early Medieval Art (London, British Museum Press, 2013)
  • D. Kidd, 'Il tesoro di Domagnano' in I Goti a San Marino. Il Tesoro (Milan, 1995)