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Belt Buckle
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Belt Buckle

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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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late 6th century (Early Medieval)
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2 5/16 x 2 1/4 x 5/8 in. (5.9 x 5.7 x 1.5 cm)


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