Quantcast
Videos ()
Sunday at the Met: Major Additions to The Cloisters Collection

Close

Lyre-Shaped Belt Buckle

Date:
7th century
Culture:
Hispano–Visigothic
Medium:
Copper alloy, quarternary
Dimensions:
Overall: 1/16 x 5 13/16 x 1 7/8 x 7/16 in. (0.2 x 14.8 x 4.8 x 1.1 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald S. Lauder Gift, 1990
Accession Number:
1990.193.3a, b
  • Description

    Composed of three separately cast elements—tongue, loop, and plaque—this buckle's configuration evokes the designation "lyre shaped." Aside from the tongue, the borders of the lyre design are in the highest relief, and portions of them are chased with diagonal striations. The smooth inner edges of the borders slope down to the depressed areas, which are filled with deeply engraved lines and punched circles that represent highly abstracted foliate designs. The loop is chased with hatching and the end of the tongue with cross-hatching. The recessed reverse of the plate is fitted with five cast lugs for attachment to a now-lost belt.

  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Gibralter; [ Ariadne Galleries, New York (sold 1990)]

  • See also
    What
    When
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    MetPublications
466177

Close