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Rectangle with deep flange around the edge at the back, recessed protrusion at one end, and cast decoration. Cast in one piece, chased minimally, and gilded. A rectangular field at one end contains a curved band interrupted by what might be a foot in each corner and with an eagle head on one end...

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Provenance

Until 1967, Hugo Oelze (d. 1967), Amsterdam; 1967, by inheritance to his brother, Dr. F. W. Oelze, Germany [see note 1]; 1968, sold by Dr. Oelze to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 13, 1968) Notes: [1] Per MFA curatorial recommendation letter of March 13, 1968 by Hanns Swarzenski.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

Book Clasp

German, French, Swiss, or Italian, Early medieval, late 6th–7th century

Dimensions

5.6 x 4.6 x 0.5 cm (2 3/16 x 1 13/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

68.56

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Europe

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Metalwork