- Museum number
Silver buckle; oval faceted loop; faceted tongue with basal cube with a saltire between two transverse grooves on it; from a horse-harness?
Silver, oval, faceted loop with faceted tongue decorated with incised, geometric pattern on its basal cube.
The loop is oval with a faceted, octagonal section. It narrows from the centre towards the ends where it is circular in section. The tongue is faceted and has a trapezoid section. Its pointed end is bent over the loop and the base is plain with an incised 'X’ on top. The tongue is attached by folding the base around the loop.
- Production date
- 4thC-5thC (?)
Length: 31 millimetres
Weight: 9.20 grammes
Width: 21 millimetres
Percentage: 89 % of rim (silver (loop))
Percentage: 94 % of rim (silver (tongue))
- Curator's comments
- Andrási 2008
A buckle from Kishpek has a similar pattern incised on its tongue and a similarly shaped loop. The attachment-plate is the type of 1923,0716.123-4 in the Berthier-Delagarde Collection. It is therefore possible that this loop and tongue also belonged to a horse-harness, possibly to the same set as the mounts (1923,0716.16-28) above.
1. Betrozov R.Z. 1980, Zakhoronenie vozhdya gunnskogo vremeni u sel. Kishpek v Kabardino Balkarii. Severny Kavkaz v drevnosti v srednie veka (Moscow), 113–22, 118 ill. 3:6, 7; Bóna I. 1991, Das Hunnenreich (Budapest-Stuttgart). 183 ill. 70b, 264 no. 70; 1993, 157 ill. 70b, 238 no. 70
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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