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Bronze hook from a belt

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
late 5th–early 4th century B.C.
Culture:
Italic, Samnite
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
length 4 1/2in. (11.4cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
08.3b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Wide bronze belts with several clasps, often in the shape of palmettes, are well known from finds, especially in the regions of Apulia, Lucania, and Daunia, and from representations in Campanian and Lucanian painting. The term Samnite applies to one of the indigenous peoples of Southern Italy whose language was Oscan—thus, for instance, the Oscan warriors on Apulian vases. The belts are connected with warriors and often occur in graves with other military equipment.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 1581, p. 425, New York: Gilliss Press.

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