Description This buckle is of a type manufactured in workshops near Paris during the last third of the 6th century. It is incised with bands of concentric geometric ornament centering on a human face, interpreted variously as Medusa or, when surmounted by a cross, as Christ. In either case, the face is an apotropaic device, intended to protect the wearer from evil.
- Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
- Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Joseph Brummer, New York; Joseph Brummer Sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, May 12, 1949, no. 278; Walters Art Museum, 1949, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1949
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