Bronze belt

Italic, Samnite

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.

Bronze belt, Bronze, Italic, Samnite

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