Belt Buckle

Date: 550–600

Culture: Visigothic

Medium: Copper alloy with garnets, glass, lapis lazuli, and cuttlefish bone

Dimensions: Overall: 5 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 1/8 in. (13.6 x 6 x 2.9 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Copper

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1988

Accession Number: 1988.305a, b

Description

The belt buckle was a field for elaborate decoration and a very visible symbol of rank and status. Brightly colored buckles inset with pieces of glass and stone are characteristic of Visigothic women's dress. This piece is exceptional for the rare inclusion of lapis lazuli, a stone used more frequently in Byzantium.

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