The bracteates: An image of society in the High Middle Ages

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January 11, 2018 – Bracteates are first-rate works of art and they can compete with the best examples of Romanesque sculpture. But they are even more than that. They are contemporary sources that tell us a lot about the self-conception of the ruling classes in the Middle Ages.


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In this film, the beautifully preserved bracteates of the Professor Helmut Hahn collection serve to illustrate the medieval estate-based society. And the historical background in turn helps to better understand their imagery.

The Professor Helmut Hahn Collection will be offered at the Künker Berlin-Auction 301 on 1 Feburary 2018.

You can read an auction preview here.