Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Openwork Belt Fitting

Date:
7th century
Geography:
Made in Alamania
Culture:
Frankish
Medium:
Cast copper alloy - tinned surface, engraved decoration; two integral posts on reverse; iron tongues
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 1/8 x 4 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 5/16 in. (8 x 10.5 x 8 x 0.8 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.192.163
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Openwork plaques were hung from a belt by a strap. Such useful objects as combs, keys, or amulets would then be suspended from the plaque by chains or strings. The patterns on these belt fittings ranged from architectural motifs to human figures to abstract designs.
Cottelle, Arras (1893); Stanislas Baron, Paris; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Ricci, Seymour de. Catalogue of a Collection of Merovingian Antiquities Belonging to J. Pierpont Morgan. Paris: C. Berger, 1910. no. 163, p. 35, pl. XIV.

Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. The Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 1st ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1925. p. 5, fig. 2.

Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. The Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 2nd ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929. p. 5, fig. 2.

Baum, Julius. La sculpture figurale en Europe a l'epoque merovingienne. Paris: Les Éditions d'art et d'histoire, 1930. p. 68 n. 4.

Kühn, Herbert. "Die Reitersheiben der Völkerwanderungszeit." Ipek 12 (1938). no. 23, pp. 101–102, pl. 45.

Ricketson, Edith B. "Barbarian Jewelry of the Merovingian Period." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 5, no. 5 (January 1947). p. 141.

Die durchbrochenen Zierscheiben der Merowingerzeit. Kataloge vor- und frühgeschichtlicher Altertümer, Vol. 18. Mainz: Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, 1970. pp. 41, 193-4, pl. 31, no. 630.

Romans & Barbarians. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1976. no. 173, p. 142.

Brown, Katharine R. Frankish Art in American Collections. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1984. p. 25, fig. 16, Frontispiece illustration.

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. 18, 352, fig. 3.6.



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