Shoe Buckle

Date: 400–450

Culture: Hunnic or Frankish

Medium: Gold with garnets

Dimensions: Overall: 1 5/8 x 7/8 x 7/16 in. (4.1 x 2.2 x 1.1 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Gold

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.697


It is possible that buckles like this one were made in Byzantine workshops and given to barbarians in an effort to persuade them to become Roman allies.