Merovingian Period Alemannic 'Three Knops' Elliptical Buckle 010599

Merovingian Period Alemannic 'Three Knops' Elliptical Buckle 010599
Rare Merovingian Period Alemannic 'Three Knops' Elliptical Buckle
Silver, 35.57 grams, 59.69 mm. 5th-6th century AD. A classic form of Merovingian period belt-buckle with discoid plate. The loop is formed as a dished hollow casting with two lobes flanking the couch for the tongue; the flat upper surface of each is pierced to accept a domed rivet, lost in antiquity. The loop articulates on the forward edge of the plate where the funnel-shaped tongue is attached; the tongue curves downwards over the leading edge of the loop. The plate is hollow cast, pierced by three equidistant dome-headed rivets; the leading edge of the plate develops a slotted strap which curves behind the plate to accept the rearmost rivet. Reference: cf. the buckle from grave 231(96) at Inzing (Bavaria) in Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period. Europe Without Borders, p.420 item VI.3.15.3. Very fine condition, stabilized and conserved, some loss to the rear sidewall. Provenance: from an old collection.

£160.00  
  

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