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Bronze belt

Late Classical or Hellenistic
ca. 350–325 B.C.
Italic, Samnite
Other: 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan P. Rosen, 1991
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
Thin bronze belts with parallel rows of perforations for attaching leather or cloth linings were frequently worn by ancient Italic warriors. They are found in male burials from the late fifth century into the thrid century B.C. over much of Central and Southern Italy. The type represented here has elaborate solid-cast bronze clasps in the form of nude twins whose heads support a single wolf-head hook. These frequently occur in Samnite contexts and may have been produced at Tarentum (modern Taranto) in Southern Italy.
Sotheby's, London. 1969. Egyptian, Western Asiatic, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Ancient Glass and Jewellery, Islamic Pottery and Metalwork. December 1, 1969. lot 144.

Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc. 1972. Egyptian, Western Asiatic, Islamic, Byzantine, Neolithic and European Bronze Age, Greek, Etruscan, Roman Antiquities. March 23, 1972. lot 113.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 5.28, p. 167, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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