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Openwork Belt Fitting

Date:
7th century
Culture:
Frankish
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 1/4 x 1/16 in. (8.3 x 0.2 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.191.251
  • Description

    Openwork plaques were hung from a belt by a strap. Such useful objects as combs, keys, or amulets would then be suspended from the plaque by chains or strings. The patterns on these belt fittings ranged from architectural motifs to human figures to abstract designs.

  • Provenance

    J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)

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