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belt-fitting

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1982,0103.39

  • Description

    Copper alloy belt plate, with niello inlay.
    Claudian. A thin, rectangular, lightly convex plate with four small securing pins projecting from the back. On the front, fine incised lines frame a niello-inlaid design: an inturned hachured border encloses a tripartite panel in which the central unit contains an eight-rayed motif, while the flanking units are filled with diagonal rows of small four-pointed stars. The spacing and alignment of this decoration is markedly irregular. In some places the niello has fallen out. At two corners the head of the securing pins encroach upon the hachured border, while two of the pin-heads are themselves cut by the outer incised border line. There are traces of tinning in the outer border. The burred tips of the pins indicate that the plate was attached to a belt some 2 mm thick.

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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 49 millimetres
    • Weight: 10.8 grammes
  • Bibliography

    • Jackson 1990 Cat. 39 bibliographic details
  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1982,0103.39

Copper alloy belt plate, with niello inlay.
Claudian. A thin, rectangular, lightly convex plate with four small securing pins projecting from the back. On the front, fine incised lines frame a niello-inlaid design: an inturned hachured border encloses a tripartite panel in which the central unit contains an eight-rayed motif, while the flanking units are filled with diagonal rows of small four-pointed stars. The spacing and alignment of this decoration is markedly irregular. In some places the niello has fallen out. At two corners the head of the securing pins encroach upon the hachured border, while two of the pin-heads are themselves cut by the outer incised border line. There are traces of tinning in the outer border. The burred tips of the pins indicate that the plate was attached to a belt some 2 mm thick.

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