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Plate, loop, and tongue attached with circular hinges: fragment of loop attached with one remaining hinge visible on the back; a shield-shaped base plate for the tongue with one hinge on the reverse; and a shield-shaped plate with small triangles on either side at the top. Cast, chased minimally,...

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Provenance

Private collection, France. Until 1952, Dr Gertrude Thiry, Frankfurt; 1952, sold by Thiry to the MFA for $180. (Accession Date: January 10, 1952)

Credit Line

John Wheelock Elliot and John Morse Elliot Fund

Merovingian buckle

French (Paris Basin), Early medieval, late 6th–early 7th century

Dimensions

7.7 x 5.4 cm (3 1/16 x 2 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

52.11

Medium or Technique

Tin on leaded latten (82.2% copper, 5.7% tin, 7.9% lead, 4.2% zinc)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Metalwork