Ostrogothic, probably found in Italy
Gilt silver, garnet
3 1/16 x 6 7/16 x 1 3/16 in. (7.7 x 16.4 x 3 cm)
Purchase, 1895 (95.15.103a,b)
The Ostrogoths who settled in Italy buried their dead in formal dress. Thus, splendid belt buckles such as this one appeared in the graves of prosperous Ostrogothic women, alongside earrings, necklaces, and brooches.