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Creator Nationality: European; Iberian
Creator Name-CRT: Celto-Iberian
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: -19
Creation End Date: -10
Creation Date: 2nd century B.C.
Creation Place: Spain
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Leaded bronze, silver, iron
Dimensions: a: L. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm), W. 2 5/8 in. (6.6 cm); b: L. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm), W. 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm)
Description: This bronze and silver buckle is unusual in that both its top and bottom plaque are preserved, along with remains of the iron rivets used to attach it to a leather belt . Small figurines show warriors wearing similar clasps, suggesting this was designed for use by a soldier. It is typical of a type of buckle produced in the central plain region of the Iberian Peninsula, where silver is found in the Sierra Morena mountains. In design it is closely related to engraved examples of artwork in Andalusia in the southwest of Spain, a province that strongly influenced the artistic development of the rest of Iberia. Opposing spirals were a popular motif in Celtic art and were often combined with concentric circles on buckles such as this one. The design was created by carving out a pattern on a bronze panel, and then hammering a thin sheet of silver into the indentations.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1990.62 ab
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1990
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: European Iron Age
AMICA ID: MMA_.1990.62ab
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved
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