May 12, 2008

Belt Buckle and Tab

Belt Buckle and Tab


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Iron with silver overlay

Overall: 10.2 x 5.9 cm (4 x 2 5/16 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1919.1009


This buckle would have been attached to a strip of leather worn around the waist. It was likely both an ornamental statement indicating social rank and a practical accessory. The decorative inlay was applied by forcing silver wire into a pattern engraved into the iron. The condition of the buckle indicates that it was likely excavated, perhaps from a grave.

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