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Gold Belt Buckle and Strap End

Date:
ca. 600
Geography:
Made in Constantinople
Culture:
Langobardic
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 5/16 x 13/16 x 3/16 in. (3.4 x 2.1 x 0.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1895
Accession Number:
95.15.98b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
This group of objects was found in the grave of a Langobardic horseman, who was buried in his warrior dress, with weapons, shield, helmet, and the fittings for his horse. What remains are the many gold pieces that would have ornamented his clothing and equipment, and they attest to the great wealth of the Langobardic aristocracy within a generation of settling in Italy.
Found in Castel Trosino, central Italy.; Samuel T. Baxter, Florence (from at least 1876-1895)
Baxter, S.T. "On Some Lombardic Gold Ornaments Found at Chiusi." The Archaeological Journal 33 (1876). p. 107, pl. III, no. 1.

Venturi, Adolfo. Storia dell'arte italiana: Volume 2, Dall'arte Barbarica alla Romanica. Milan: Ulrico Hoepli, 1902. p. 73, fig. 60.

Kuhn, Herbert. "Wichtige Langobardische Funde in Amerikanischen Sammlungen." Ipek 8 (1938). pp. 178–81, pl. 59.

Rorimer, James J. Medieval Jewelry: A Picture Book. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. fig. 11.

Hessen, Otto von. Secondo contributo alla archeologia longobarda in Toscana: reperti isolati e di provenienza incerta. Florence: Olschki, 1975. p. 15, fig. 1.

Weitzmann, Kurt, ed. Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979. no. 303, pp. 325-326.

Paroli, Lidia, ed. La necropoli altomedievale di Castel Trosino: Bizantini e Longobardi nelle Marche. Ascoli Piceno: Museo Archeologico Statale, 1995. pp. 18–19, ill. p. 18.

Vallet, Françoise. "Une Tombe de Riche Cavalier Lombard Découverte à Castel Trosino." In La Noblesse romaine et les chefs barbares du IIIe au VIIe siècle, edited by Michel Kazanski, and Françoise Vallet. Rouen: Musée des Antiquités Nationales, 1995. pp. 335–41, fig. 3, 4.

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. pp. 224–34, fig. 1, ill. p. 225.

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. 145, 339, fig. 13.11.



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