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Openwork circular plaque with projecting pierced rectangular behind which is attached, with three rivets, a larger loop for suspension with three holes. Cast and chased. Forming the center of an openwork wheeled cross with equal splayed arms is a hexagonal boss surrounded by a circle with four...

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By 1961, Melvin Gutman [see note1]; December 5, 1969, Gutman sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 138. By 1970, with Leopold Blumka, New York; 1970, sold by Blumka to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 11, 1970) Notes: [1] See C. Parkhurst, "The Melvin Gutman Collection of Ancient and Medieval Gold," Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin, vol 18, Oberlin, Ohio, 1961, no. 39, pp.106-107.

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Purchased with the Bequest of the Estate of Clara S. Wellman Hall

Buckle for a Chatelaine

French, Early medieval, mid 6th–7th century

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9 cm (3 9/16 in.) DIAM: 7.6 cm (3 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Leaded brass (79.5% copper, 5.9% zinc, 14.1% lead, .5% tin)




Jewelry / Adornment