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Buckle consisting of loop, tongue, and plate attached with a hinge: an oval loop with two circular hinges; a tongue with shield-shaped base attached with a hinge; and a "beaked" plate, graduated in width, with four hinges. Cast, chased and tinned. The plate terminates in a semicircle flanked by...

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Between 1901 - 1903, excavated at the cemetery of Tarbariane, Teilhet, France [see note 1]. Eustache de Lorey, Paris [see note 2]. 1937, Maurice Ratton, Paris; September 30, 1937, sold by Ratton to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P14089); April 21, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 233, to the MFA for $350. (Accession Date: May 12, 1949) NOTES: [1] Robert Rogier, "Cimetière Barbare de Tabariane, Commune de Teilhet (Ariège)," Bulletin Archéologique, 1908, pp. 313-319, fig. 2. [2] According to the Brummer sale catalogue of 1949, lot 233, p. 56. This information is not, however, on the gallery stock card.

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William Francis Warden Fund

Southwestern French (Toulouse?), Early medieval, mid 6th–7th century


Cemetery of Tabariane, Teilhet (Ariège), France


8 x 16.7 cm (3 1/8 x 6 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tin on leaded latten (86.9% copper, 6.2% tin, 5.6% lead, 1.3% zinc)