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Belt Buckle
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Belt Buckle


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Description Finely ornamented belt buckles like this were worn by both men and women of high social status during the 7th century. Complex curving patterns of incised interlace design fill all available space and characterize the ornamental style of the Franks and other Germanic peoples at this time. This buckle was excavated at Tabariane in Aquitaine (France) in 1908. A nearly identical buckle was found at this same site and now belongs to the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
10/18/1960Treatmentcleaned; coated
Exhibitions
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance [Excavated at Tabariane, Commune of Teilhet (Ariege), France, 1908]; Joseph Brummer, New York; Joseph Brummer Sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, May 12, 1949, no. 280; Walters Art Museum, 1949, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1949

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Creator
Period
7th century (Early Medieval)
Medium
tin-plated bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.2350
Measurements
3 1/4 x 7 1/16 x 5/8 in. (8.3 x 18 x 1.6 cm)
Geography
  • Tabariane, France (Place of Discovery)

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