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Girdle and buckle: M.1 & A-1950

Object information


Probably Unknown (Maker)


Silver-gilt and yellow-ochre coloured velvet.

Buckle in silver-gilt and belt (A) of yellow-ochre coloured velvet. The belt is in two pieces joined, folded over and stitched over petersham ribbon. It has three hand-stitched eyelet holes. The buckle and belt end are of silver-gilt, decorated on the outside with openwork birds and beasts amid curling foliage. The back of the buckle mount is engraved with a man and woman in early 16th century dress, standing in front of a wall on which there is a ewer. Over their heads is a coiling scroll inscribed ACLĀVVΛ. The back of the belt end is engraved with a half sun; the two small holes for attachment to the belt have lines engraved around them to resemble stars.


History note: Bought privately in London

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Place(s) associated

  • Augsburg ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Early 16th Century
Circa 1500 CE - Circa 1510 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Belt composed of velvet ( yellow-ochre) Buckle & Belt End composed of silver-gilt Fabric Length 113.5 cm Width 2.8 cm
Belt End Length 6.0 cm Width 3.6 cm
Buckle & Mount Length 8.2 cm Width 5.5 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ACLĀVVΛ
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1 & A-1950
Primary reference Number: 119018
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 21 February 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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