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Harness buckle: M.1-1904

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


Maker: Unknown




The oblong strap-plate is covered with cells containing garnets, many of which are now lost. On the tongue of the buckle are inlaid three garnets. The bronze of the buckle was once gilt.


History note: Bateman Collection

Legal notes

McClean Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 12.4 cm
Width: 5.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


Early 6th century
Circa 500 CE - 590 CE


Dalton (see Documentation) considered that it was Frankish, but T.D. Kendrick ascribed it to British workmanship, 22nd June 1934: E.T. Leeds believed it to be not Frankish, but Visigothic.

School or Style


Components of the work

Tongue composed of garnets ( inlaid)
Strap Plate Cells composed of garnets

Materials used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1904
Primary reference Number: 118983
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 10 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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