Byzantine Openwork Cross and Pelta Buckle

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Seller: clioantiquities (173) 100%, Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 132513495344 Byzantine Openwork Cross and Pelta Buckle CULTURE / REGION OF ORIGIN: Byzantine Empire DATE: Circa 7th Century CE DIMENSIONS: 5.40 cm (2.13 in.) long. DESCRIPTION: A cast bronze Byzantine buckle, comprised of an integral loop and plate and a separate tongue. The rectangular loop has a chamfered outer border with projecting corners and a recessed couch for the tongue. The D-shaped buckle plate is pierced by a large cross flanked by two circular holes with a pelta (shield) behind. Three pierced lugs for attachment on the reverse. Intact. Very dark green, smooth and even patina with exposed metal surfaces showing in a few spots. PROVENANCE: Ex old English private collection. COMPARISONS: See a related example in the British Museum’s on-line collections, Registration number:1989,0402.1. US Buyers Only, Please! Material: Bronze

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