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Buckle with Counter and Dorsal Plates

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Buckle in three parts originally attached with a hinge: oval loop, shield-shaped base of the tongue, and plate tapering toward the end; counter plate of same shape as buckle plate; square dorsal plate. Hammered, chiseled, inlaid by hammering with brass and silver, filed, and polished. The buckle...

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Until 1952, Dr. Georg Swarzenski (b. 1876 - d. 1957), Boston; 1952, gift of Swarzenski to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 12, 1952)

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Anonymous gift

Buckle and square mount

Europe (French, Belgium, German or Swiss), Early medieval, second half of 7th century


a: 3.7 x 3.5 cm (1 7/16 x 1 3/8 in.) b: 3.6 x 6 cm (1 7/16 x 2 3/8 in.) c: 4.6 x 10.8 cm (1 13/16 x 4 1/4 in.)

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Metal; iron with silver and brass