Frankish 'Symmetrically Opposed Birds' Buckle 020285

Frankish 'Symmetrically Opposed Birds' Buckle 020285
Frankish 'Symmetrically Opposed Birds' Buckle
Copper-alloy gilt, 19.94 grams, 56.28 mm. 6th century AD. A cast fixed-plate buckle with hollowed reverse. The dished D-shaped loop features a couch for the tongue flanked by incised trefoils. The tongue bears a rectangular shield at the base, and the shaft of the tongue curves over the forward edge of the loop. The integral plate is formed from opposed and addorsed scrolls and volutes, creating a pair of birds with symmetrically opposed bodies. The lower ends of two pierced fixing lugs are in place on the reverse. Reference: cf. the buckle from Molain (France) in Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period - Europe Without Borders, Berlin, 2007 item VII.23.6 and an Anglo-Saxon example from Icklingham in MacGregor, A. & Bolick, E. A Summary Catalogue of the Anglo-Saxon Collections (Non-Ferrous Metals), Oxford, 1993, item 32.23. Very fine condition, some gilding remaining. Provenance: from an old collection.
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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