Alemannic 'Openwork Crescent' Buckle 021473

Alemannic 'Openwork Crescent' Buckle 021473
Alemannic 'Openwork' Buckle
Copper-alloy, 22.53 grams, 54.83 mm. 5th-6th century AD. A buckle with loop and plate cast in one. The rectangular loop features a broad front edge with a deep couch for the tongue. From the back edge of the loop develops a waisted panel with transverse rib detailing which is pierced to accept the curved tongue; behind this is the D-shaped plate with scroll- and pelta-shaped piercings. There are lobed projections on the upper, lower and rear edges of the plate, on the reverse of which are three D-shaped lugs (all complete) with transverse piercings to accept a securing pin or wire. The style of the buckle is heavily influenced by contemporary Byzantine fashion, especially in the use of scrolled decoration. Reference: cf. the Lombard buckle from Brianza and the Alemannic example from Gutensteinin Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period. Europe Without Borders, Munich, 2007 p.413 item VI.3.8.2 and p.554 item VIII.11.1. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
 
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