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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., 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.



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