Byzantine 'Openwork' Plate Buckle
Copper-alloy, 13.29 grams, 46.69 mm. Circa 8th-10th century AD. A cast copper-alloy buckle with integral plate. The rectangular loop is chamfered on the outer faces and features a couch for the tongue. The tongue is a D-section bar passing through a cruciform void in the plate and curves over the leading edge of the loop. The plate is D-shaped with chamfered edges. On the rear is a palmette knop. On the reverse are three pierced lugs for attachment to the belt. Reference: Ross, M.C. Catalogue of Byzantine and Early Mediaeval Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, vol.2, Washington, 2005, pl.xxxiii. Very fine condition, complete. Provenance: from an old English collection.