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Lyre-Shaped Belt Buckle

Date:
600–700
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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
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.
Private Collection, Gibralter; [ Ariadne Galleries, New York (sold 1990)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1990-1991." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 49, no. 2 (Fall 1991). p.14.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Twenty-First Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1990, through June 30, 1991." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 121 (1991). p. 35.

Little, Charles T., ed. The Art of Medieval Spain, A.D. 500–1200. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 25, pp. 66–67.

Brown, Katharine R. Migration Art, A.D. 300-800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 50, p. 37.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 54A, p. 43.

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. 198, 359, fig. 17.13.



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