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Belt Buckle
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Belt Buckle

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Description Found frequently at archaeological sites in Burgundy, these large, ornate buckles were worn by women and indicated the high status of their owners. The decoration, known as interlace, is fluid and seems almost to move, drawing the observer into the complexities of the pattern. As this style developed, sinuous, fantastic animal forms replaced the ribbons seen here.
Date Description Narrative
6/19/1967Treatmentrepaired; loss compensation
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000.
Provenance Eustache de Lorey; Joseph Brummer, New York; Joseph Brummer Sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, May 12, 1949, no. 319; Walters Art Museum, 1949, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1949

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7th century (Early Medieval)
iron overlaid with silver and gold
Accession Number
3 9/16 x 1 3/8 x 1 9/16 in. (9 x 3.5 x 4 cm)


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