Gold Shoe Buckle

Date:
ca. 600
Culture:
Langobardic
Medium:
Gold and silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 3/16 x 1 1/8 x 5/16 in. (5.6 x 2.9 x 0.8 cm)
2 1/2in. (6.4cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1895
Accession Number:
95.15.97a
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. 3.

Catalogue of Etruscan jewellery with some Roman and Langobardic ornaments in the collection of S.T. Baxter. Florence: Claudian Press, 1886. no. 170a, pp. 16–17.

Venturi, Adolfo. Storia dell'arte italiana: Volume 2, Dall'arte Barbarica alla Romanica. Milan: Ulrico Hoepli, 1902. p. 73, fig. 61.

Åberg, Nils. Die Goten und Langobarden in Italien. Uppsala: Almqvist & Wiksells Boktryckeri, 1923. pp. 104–5.

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. 4, n. 1, 4.

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. 149, 338, fig. 13.15.