Byzantine Openwork Cross Buckle
CULTURE / REGION OF ORIGIN: Byzantine Empire
DATE: Circa 7th Century CE
DIMENSIONS: 4.86 cm (1.91 in.)
DESCRIPTION: A cast bronze Byzantine buckle, comprised of an integral loop and plate and a separate tongue. The
rectangular loop has a chamfered outer border and a recessed couch for the tongue, which extends over the forward edge of
the loop and features a raised curl at the rear. The D-shaped buckle plate is pierced by a large cross developing into a pelta
(shield) behind. Three pierced lugs for attachment on the reverse. Intact. Stable and smooth light green to chocolate brown
PROVENANCE: Ex old English private collection.
COMPARISONS: See a related example in the British Museum’s
on-line collections, Registration number:1989,0402.1.