Caucasus region (Georgia) / Belt clasp / 1st?3rd century A.D.Caucasus region (Georgia)
Belt clasp
1st?3rd century A.D.

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Central Asian; Caucasus; Georgian
Creator Name-CRT: Caucasus region (Georgia)
Title: Belt clasp
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1
Creation End Date: 299
Creation Date: 1st?3rd century A.D.
Creation Place: Caucasus region (Georgia)
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Materials and Techniques: bronze
Dimensions: L. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)

In the late second millennium B.C., the tradition of lively animal-ornamented bronzes begins in the Caucasus region. Stylized animals with small waists, arched necks and backs are seen on numerous bronze tools including axes and pins, and are found in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the Northern Caucasus by the beginning of the Late Bronze and Early Iron ages.

Cast-bronze belt clasps similar to this one have been excavated in the Republic of Georgia and are a distinctive product of that region in the first few centuries A.D. This square example features a highly stylized stag, with exaggerated haunches marked by incised concentric circles. The animal is attacked both from below and in the face by birds. The S-shaped spirals complete the central openwork design, with a stylized horned animal head above the back of the stag. A herringbone-patterned border frames the scene with raised rounded knobs at the corners.

The function of this object as a belt clasp is surmised from the loop and short tongue at the back.

AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 21.166.5
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1921
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.21.166.5
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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