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Early Byzantine Bronze Buckle

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Seller: clioantiquities (143) 100%, Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, Ships to: US, Item: 132006289287 Early Byzantine Military Baldric or Shoe Buckle, 6th-7th Century ADCULTURE / REGION OF ORIGIN: Byzantine EmpireDATE: 7th Century ADDIMENSIONS: 3.2 cm (1.26 in.) long, including the tongue.DESCRIPTION: Intact. A superb early Byzantine buckle from a baldric (a type of belt that was worn over one shoulder and continued to the opposite hip, normally for use with a sword or other piece of equipment) or for a heavy shoe or boot. This cast bronze example features the intact lugs with circular openings at the back side that would have attached it to leather. The upper surface is decorated with chip carved and punched designs of interconnected scrolls and a circle. The separately cast tongue has a distinctive vertical orientation and "saddleback" shape. Medium green patina with pale earthen highlights in the recessed areas and on the reverse.PROVENANCE: Formerly in a UK private collection.COMPARISONS: See L. Cocciantelli, Le fibbie, le cinture e gli elementi di cintura di età romana e medievale, in M. Gilda Benedettini (a cura di), I bronzi della collezione Gorga, Roma, 2012, pp. 242-255.L . Cocciantelli, Le fibbie, le cinture e gli elementi di cintura di età romana e medievale, in M. Gilda Benedettini (a cura di), I bronzi della collezione Gorga, Roma, 2012, pp. 242-255, number 652 for a very similar example from Byzantine North Africa. Other examples are recorded from controlled contexts in Algeria, Sicily and the Italian mainland including Rome itself. Material: Bronze, Provenance: Ownership History Available

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