Ostrogothic, 6th century
From a grave, possibly in Italy
Though there is no existing evidence, this splendid buckle is said to have been found in a grave with a pair of gold earrings, two finger-rings, and a gold disc brooch that has not been traced. This clearly shows that they had been worn by a lady of high status, who would have dressed in largely Mediterranean fashion.
buckle is made of gilded copper alloy, and decorated with a
H. Tait, Seven thousand years of jewe-1, exh. cat. (London, The British Museum Press, 1986)