Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Belt Buckle with an Eagle

Date:
500–700
Geography:
Made in Crimea, Ukraine
Culture:
Ostrogothic
Medium:
Silver with garnets
Dimensions:
3 7/16 x 1 11/16 x 3/8 in. (8.7 x 4.3 x 1.0 cm) complete buckle: 4 7/8 in. 12.4cm
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1895
Accession Number:
95.15.100a
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Ostrogothic women of high-ranking status typically wore an ankle-length garment, secured at the shoulders by a matching pair of brooches and belted at the waist by an elaborate buckle such as this one. A necklace, bracelet, rings, and earrings with polyhedral beads would complete the ensemble.

This Buckle is comprised of the following parts: 17.190.100a (Buckle Plate), 17.190.100c (Buckle Tongue), 17.190.104b (Buckle Loop).
Probably found in Crimea, Ukraine.; Samuel T. Baxter, Florence (until 1895)
Brown, Katharine R. "If Only the Dead Could Talk: An Update on the East German and Hunnish Jewelry Collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art." In Ancient Jewelry and Archaeology, edited by Adriana Calinescu. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996. p. 227, fig. 3, 5.

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. 111, 339, fig. 10.11.



Related Objects

Belt Buckle with an Eagle

Date: 500–700 Medium: Silver Accession: 95.15.100c On view in:Gallery 301

Plate with the Battle of David and Goliath

Date: 629–30 Medium: Silver Accession: 17.190.396 On view in:Gallery 301

Plate with David Slaying a Lion

Date: 629–630 Medium: Silver Accession: 17.190.394 On view in:Gallery 301

Plate with the Presentation of David to Saul

Date: 629–630 Medium: Silver Accession: 17.190.397 On view in:Gallery 301

Plate with the Arming of David

Date: 629–630 Medium: Silver Accession: 17.190.399 On view in:Gallery 301