Cloak pin found in the Hegebeintum dwelling mound

around A.D. 600-650

Fries Museum

Fries Museum
Leeuwarden, Netherlands

The terp of Hegebeintum is Friesland’s highest known dwelling mound. In 1870 mound levellers began digging away the fertile soil of the mound, for commercial reasons, thereby uncovering several objects.
One of the highlights of their findings is this necklace with hundreds of amber and glass beads. Another one is this large, gilded silver cloak pin, or fibula. It dates back to around 630 after Christ, and must have belonged to a wealthy person.
The tree grave with its skeleton of a woman, also on display in this room, was found on this location, too.


  • Title: Cloak pin found in the Hegebeintum dwelling mound
  • Date Created: around A.D. 600-650
  • Physical Dimensions: 0.7 x 13.0 cm
  • Type: Artefact
  • Rights: Fries Museum, Leeuwarden | Collectie Koninklijk Fries Genootschap
  • Medium: Gold

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more

Flash this QR Code to get the app
Google apps