Copper-alloy buckle and plate; leather remains
online resourceposted on 26.10.2021, 19:40 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Bronze buckle and plate, total length 6.9cm. Compressed oval loop cast in one piece with plate. Front of loop decorated with dense row of punched circlets, broken in one place. Tongue hinges through hole in top centre of plate; plate basically rectangular with openwork pattern of interlocking T-motifs with tails inwards - divisions between cells very narrow and in one place broken away in antiquity - ends of broken walls worn. In this portion of plate 3 rivets of bronze with round heads attaching plate to belt - leather remains behind not so thick as the length of rivet suggests (i.e. 3mm) so either shrunken or eroded. Other end of plate also openwork in form of pair of well drawn boar-heads with ear, ring and dot eye, long upper jaw, down and under curled lower jaw projecting up across jaw to simulate a tusk. Upper jaws joined by curved arc of bronze with remains of iron rivet at centre. Heads and jaws otherwise fully cut-out, and even a large open roundel between necks. Double groove on either neck. Double ring and dot decoration over rest of flat plate. Leather behind just a flat piece shaped to plate.