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5th C. Migration / Early Medieval Bronze Belt Buckle

Lot 0029A Details

Europe, Migration period / early Medieval period, ca. 5th to 8th century CE. A beautifully cast bronze belt buckle with a wide pin and loop connected via a hinge at one end. The surface ornamentation is abstract, with a spoked-wheel motif near the ring end. The center features a series of concentric, round shapes. The edges of the buckle are raised in intervals like small teeth, giving the piece a more ornate form. Size: 5.7" W x 1.7" H (14.5 cm x 4.3 cm); 3.55" H (9 cm) on included custom stand.

The style of decoration used here is sometimes called Kerbschnitt, or chip carving, and works of this type use geometric patterns and stylized animal heads or other zoomorphic motifs on wood, clay, and metal. Migration Period brooches, scabbards, and drinking horn fittings are also frequently decorated like this. Belts like this one were a continuation of a popular Roman item, and were used widely across Europe: in Scandinavia, central Europe, the area around the Danube, and on the shores of the Black Sea. Many of them were used by women to belt the ankle-length garments that they wore along with a cloak secured by a brooch.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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Repaired at center, with repair well done and almost impossible to see. Pale green patina over much of the surface, with some areas of iron patina. Nice preservation of motifs. Hinge is frozen in place.
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5th C. Migration / Early Medieval Bronze Belt Buckle

Estimate $1,100 - $1,650Jul 01, 2020
Starting Price $450
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Louisville, CO, USA