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  • Description

    Leaded copper alloy belt-buckle; cast; shows a horse-rider to the right but rider 'en face'; wearing short sword with ring pommel on his right thigh; hair bunched beneath a conical ridged cap or 'spangenhelm' helmet; diagonal line behind the rider perhaps intended to indicate a bowcase; left hand raised, right hand resting on the crupper of the horse; circles on the chest and rear flank of the horse represent phalerae; stirrups not indicated although reins are; projecting knob at right and left.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2ndC-3rdC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 7.1 centimetres
    • Height: 7.2 centimetres
    • Thickness: 0.7 centimetres
    • Weight: 73 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    DSR report (file 4643) gives the metal composition as 18% tin and 4% lead in copper.Misleadingly noted as comparison for a belt-buckle showing a horse in Bonhams Antiquities sales catalogue for 14 May 2003, p. 175, lot 544.

  • Bibliography

    • Curtis & Tallis 2012 120 bibliographic details
    • Curtis 1989a p. 61, fig. 73 bibliographic details
    • Sarkhosh Curtis 2001b p.306, pl. XIIb bibliographic details
    • Curtis 2000a p.72, fig. 82 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G52/dc6

  • Exhibition history


    2012 24 May-30 Sep, BM, 'The horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot'
    2011 3 Mar-3 Jul, BM/G35, Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World
    2010 29 May-15 Oct, USA, Kentucky Horse Park, 'A Gift from the Desert'
    2005-2006 Sept-Jan, BM, 'Forgotten Empire'
    1995-2005 17 Nov-Aug, BM, G52/IRAN/13/41 (part), from official opening
    1996, 'Furusiyya' (cancelled)
    1994 BM, G49/IRAN/13

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

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  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Leaded bronze belt buckle


COMPASS Title: Leaded bronze belt buckle

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