Inlaid copper-alloy buckle and plate
online resourceposted on 2021-10-27, 07:21 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Bronze buckle and plate, length 3.7 cm. D-shaped loop width 1.8 cm, with tongue attached by rolled hook; back of tongue has tiny cast raised feature like a miniature version of the old shield on tongue, but now very rudimentary. Plate attached by cut-out plate hooks, originally bent around bar of loop (now damaged so plate loose) and there must probably have been a back-plate originally. The centre part of plate has a shallow cast rect. cell with straight upstanding edges - now empty but must once have contained either a large slab of garnet, or else, more probably, a piece of repoussé metal foil. Two rivets at side of bar attachment, and 3 rivets on flange at end, all apparently functional; max. length of shank, 2mm.Note: This looks like a miniature and late version of a type of buckle and plate introduced and current in 6th century.