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Belt Buckle

Date:
550–600
Culture:
Visigothic
Medium:
Copper alloy with garnets, glass, lapis lazuli, and cuttlefish bone
Dimensions:
Overall: 5 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 1/8 in. (13.6 x 6 x 2.9 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1988
Accession Number:
1988.305a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
The belt buckle was a field for elaborate decoration and a very visible symbol of rank and status. Brightly colored buckles inset with pieces of glass and stone are characteristic of Visigothic women's dress. This piece is exceptional for the rare inclusion of lapis lazuli, a stone used more frequently in Byzantium.
[ Robert Haber and Associates Inc., Ancient Art, New York (sold 1988)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1988-1989." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 47, no. 2 (Fall 1989). pp. 14-15.

Clark, William W., and Charles T. Little. "Notable Recent Acquisitions, Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters, New York." Gesta 29. no. 2 (1990). p. 240, fig. 4.

Little, Charles T., ed. The Art of Medieval Spain, A.D. 500–1200. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 17, pp. 61–62.

Brown, Katharine R. Migration Art, A.D. 300-800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. pp. 13, 35-38, 51, fig. 8.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 55, p. 44.

Brown, Katharine R., Dafydd Kidd, and Charles T. Little, ed. From Attila to Charlemagne: Arts of the Early Medieval Period in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. p. 192, 359, fig. 17.6.



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