Plate, Loop, and Tongue of Belt Buckle

Date: 450–550

Culture: Ostrogothic

Medium: Gilded silver with garnets

Dimensions: 3 1/16 x 6 7/16 x 1 3/16 in. (7.7 x 16.4 x 3.0 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Silver

Credit Line: Purchase, 1895

Accession Number: 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.