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A Group of ThreeVisigothic Bronze Belt Plate Fragments 5th - 7th Century AD

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Seller: clioantiquities (143) 100%, Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, Ships to: US, Item: 132011034250 A Group of Three Visigoth and Late Roman Bronze Belt Plate Fragments CULTURE / REGION OF ORIGIN: Visigothic Spain or Southern France DATE: Circa 5th-7th Century AD Including – • A fragment of a Late Roman belt buckle. The fragment raggedly broken on one long side, probably by modern farm or construction equipment. The outer surface decorated with chip carved raised bosses surrounded by rays and fine feathered incisions, including a portion of an indeterminate complex design at the break point. On the undecorated reverse are one intact and one fragmentary vertical loop for attachment to fabric or leather. At one end there are two fragmentary horizontal loops for attachment to the buckle set. Dark green patina with strong earthen highlights. 3.8 cm wide (1.5 in.) x 3.55 cm long (1.4 in.). • A fragment of a Visigothic (or Vandal) belt and buckle set. The fragment is cleanly broken on one long side, probably by modern farm or construction equipment. The outer surface is decorated with a chip carved rectangle, containing at its center a slightly raised chip carved abstracted image of a bird of prey. One end of the buckle features two intact vertical loops for attachment to the rest of the buckle. The reverse features two complete loops for attachment to leather or fabric. Sage green patina with earthen highlights. 3.8 cm wide (1.5 in.) x 3.8 cm long (1.5 in.). • A fragment from one end of a Visigothic (or Vandal) belt and buckle set. The object is raggedly broken towards its center, probably by modern farm or construction equipment. The rounded end of the outer face bears a symmetrical design of highly abstracted animals, possibly serpents, set inside a border. Below this are the remains of two parallel registers of geometric designs set inside borders. Nine small projections are spaced individually or in groups of three around the object's edge. The undecorated reverse features one loop for attachment to the belt leather or fabric. Dark green patina. 4.3 cm (1.75 in.) long, 3.1 cm (1.25 in.) maximum width. PROVENANCE: All Ex Spanish private collection until 1989. Also, in a California private collection until April, 2003. COMPARISONS: For the two Visigoth examples, see Gisella Ripol Lopez, "Visigothic Jewelery of the Sixth and Seventh Centuries," in FROM ATTILA TO CHARLEMAGNE, ARTS OF THE EARLY MEDIEVAL PERIOD IN THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, 2000, Figure 17.1 for the range of Visigoth buckle types and their surface decoration. For the Late Roman example, see Joaquin Aurrecoechea Fernandez, "Late Roman Belts in Hispania," page 66, JOURNAL OF ROMAN MILITARY EQUIPMENT STUDIES, Volume 10, 1999, for examples of the type. Condition: Fragmentary, as shown in the images., Material: Bronze, Provenance: Ownership History Available

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