Lyre-Shaped Belt Buckle

Date: 600–700

Culture: Hispano–Visigothic

Medium: Copper alloy, quarternary

Dimensions: Overall: 1/16 x 5 13/16 x 1 7/8 x 7/16 in. (0.2 x 14.8 x 4.8 x 1.1 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Copper

Credit Line: Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald S. Lauder Gift, 1990

Accession Number: 1990.193.3a, b


Lyre-shaped buckles, reminiscent of the musical instrument, were worn frequently throughout the Mediterranean. This bronze example was modeled after Byzantine gold and silver ones.