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Rock Crystal Belt Buckle

Date:
ca. 500 (buckle), 500–600 (tongue)
Culture:
East German (buckle), Byzantine (tongue)
Medium:
Rock crystal, gold foil
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 3/4 x 1 9/16 x 11/16 in. (4.5 x 4 x 1.8 cm)
Classification:
Lapidary Work-Crystal
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund; Alastair B. Martin, William Kelly Simpson, Scher Chemicals Inc. and Max Falk Gifts; and funds from various donors, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.54
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
It is impossible to know precisely when the delicate gold tongue was added to the buckle, but the ensemble conveys the ease with which Byzantine and Germanic styles were combined.
Private Collection, Germany; [ Robert Haber and Associates Inc., Ancient Art, New York (sold 1995)]
Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 51, p. 41.

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. 129, 359, fig. 11.15.



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