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


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.