Merovingian Period Avar 'Scrollwork' Belt Set 013577

Merovingian Period Avar 'Scrollwork' Belt Set 013577
Merovingian Period Avar 'Scrollwork' Belt Set
Silver, total weight 24.88 grams, typical length of studs: 17.30 mm. 5th-6th century AD. A decorative belt-set comprising nine studs and a pentagonal plate. The studs are heart-shaped and bear a raised cast design comprising two outer loops joining to enclose a central heart on a beaded background; a vertical ridge splits at each end to complete the outer border. A short mounting rivet is in place on the reverse of five of the studs. The plate is decorated with a raised T-shaped panel extending to the edges at the top, bottom and two points on the sides; between these are beaded panels. The central section features an ovoid recess with central beaded detailing. Two attachment pins are in place on the reverse. The set comprises most of the fittings from a wealthy male's belt (missing the buckle and strap end). The workmanship is of good quality and the design is typical of the Avar passion for scrolled linear decoration. Reference: cf. Avar belt fittings published in Menghin, W. The Merovingian Period. Europe Without Borders, p.339. Good very fine condition. Provenance: from an old collection, found Continental Europe.
 
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