There is no doubt concerning the Hunnic origin of this jewel. 1500 years ago, the current Kyrgyzstan was part of the territory of the Hephthalites. The Hephthalites were named White Huns by the Byzantine historians to make a political and racial distinction from the Huns of Attila who were spreading the terror in the West.
Despite their immense empire, these nomadic tribes which ignored writing and agriculture are not well known, but their influence extended from Persia to India and even to Korea. Their art is known through the jewelry found in the graves of the fierce warriors and also of the women. Their society practiced the polyandry, which was an effective way to avoid conflicts between brothers in the successions.
The collar for sale is a wide stripe of gold threads finished at both side by figures of dragons inlaid with garnets and glass in cabochons. Both dragons hold a ring that enable a lacing. Very remarkably, two beads in the same technique as the dragons have been preserved with the collar. The best guess is that they were used as a counterweight in the lacing.
This complex jewel with nicely stylized dragons is an opportunity to remind that the peoples of the Merovingian time were avid fans of gold mastered by excellent goldsmiths. Gold circulated by looting and ransoms. The technique of gem cutting was still rudimentary.