Rock Crystal Belt Buckle

Date: ca. 500 (buckle), 500–600 (tongue)

Culture: East German (buckle), Byzantine (tongue)

Medium: Rock crystal, gold foil

Dimensions: Overall: 1 3/4 x 1 9/16 x 11/16 in. (4.5 x 4 x 1.8 cm)

Classification: Lapidary Work-Crystal

Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers Fund; Alastair B. Martin, William Kelly Simpson, Scher Chemicals Inc. and Max Falk Gifts; and funds from various donors, 1995

Accession Number: 1995.54

Description

It is impossible to know precisely when the delicate gold tongue was added to the buckle, but the ensemble conveys the ease with which Byzantine and Germanic styles were combined.

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