Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Belt Buckle, Buckle Counter Plate, and Back Plate, 675–725
    Frankish; Found in Niederbreisig, western Germany
    Iron with silver inlays; 4 3/8 in. (11.2 cm)
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.193.161–163)

    This iron buckle, imposing in size, might have been worn by either a man or a woman. The intricate design of its decoration was achieved by squeezing narrow twisted strips of silver into patterns engraved into the surface of the prefabricated iron pieces. A complete belt would have consisted of a buckle, a counter plate that was placed opposite the buckle, and sometimes a rectangular plate placed in the middle of the belt at the back for decoration.

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  • Belt Buckle, Buckle Counter Plate, and Back Plate, 675–725
    Frankish; Found in Niederbreisig, western Germany
    Iron with silver inlays; 4 3/8 in. (11.2 cm)
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.193.161-163)

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