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Open-work copper alloy belt buckle showing a winged lion with raised back end, lowered foreparts and reversed head, enclosed within a rectangular frame which is perforated with four small circular holes, one at each corner; projecting knob at the right end and projecting hook at the left; cast; slightly concave reverse.
- Production date
- 5thC BC-4thC BC
Diameter: 0.20 centimetres (holes in each corner)
Height: 4 centimetres
Weight: 51 grammes
Thickness: 0.70 centimetres
Width: 6.35 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This object was initially attributed an early first millennium BC date. A comparable belt buckle was excavated by the Japanese archaeological mission to Dailaman at the site of Ghalekuti (north-west Iran) and relatively well dated by the associated finds to the Achaemenid period This parallel is closer than the canonical Parthian belt buckles also reportedly from Iran with which it was previously displayed.
Research Laboratory Report, dated 27th October 1970:
Description: relatively thin patchy surface layers of green corrosion products lying on a dark grey substrate showed under microscope, but no obvious indications of cuprite.
Nature of metal: bronze containing silver and traces of iron and lead. structure of metal typical of cast bronze with faintly high tin content.
Nature of mineralisation: metallographic examination of taper section showed mineralisation to be general, not just superficial. Small amount of cuprite present in corrosion pits and malachite also present. The grey corrosion product was not positively identified, but is probably nautokite.
Conclusion: scientific evidence not inconsistent with stylistic dating.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
G52/IRAN/13/42, from official opening 17/11/95-Aug 2005.
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
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