Copper alloy buckle: kidney-shaped loop with tongue-rest; club-shaped tongue; hinged oval plate forming a collar for amber-coloured glass cabochon; 3 peripheral attachment lugs.
- Excavated/Findspot: Rastan, al-, tomb (?near)
- (Asia,Middle East,Levant,Syria,Central Syria,Homs (governorate),Rastan, al- (al-Rastan))
- Length: 4.6 centimetres
Comment from Kidd, Haith & Ager ‘Summary Catalogue’ (draft MS)
"south of Homs, near Reastan, Syria [near the lake]"; nos. 1926,1014.1 to 11 from a tomb (Register); Reastan may be Er Rastan (formerly Arethusa). Although the latter lies to the north of Homs, the conflict with the register bearing is explicable if the name of Hama (north of Er Rastan) had been wrongly given, or has been wrongly transcribed, as Homs.
ARRHENIUS B. 1971. Granatschmuck und Gemmen aus nordischen Funden des frühen Mittelalters, Acta Universitatis Stockholmensis, Studies in North European Archaeology Series B. Stockholm, pp. 82, 218, 236 no. BM1
1 October 1949 - 8 October 1949
Reason for analysis
Jewelled bronze belt, 4th century, Gothic style, Syria
Restoration and examination. Same objects as PR05899
Analysis materials group
- Copper & Alloys
- Minerals & Precious Stones
Main type of investigation
- Chemical Examination
- Emission Spectroscopy
- Physical Examination
- X-Ray Diffraction
Analysis reference number
Prehistory and Europe
Group of Objects
Gilt copper alloy buckle: hinged deep D-shaped plate and counter-plate (both with damaged edges) with remains of all-over cloisonné enamel inlay in complex floreate pattern ending in a trefoil cell; the presence/composition of enamel is not certain; loop separate (see no 2).
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Object reference number: MCS10261
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