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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Strap End
Other Titles
Former Title: Attachment
Work Type
7th century
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe
Middle Ages, Early
Italian, Lombard
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Copper alloy
Cast, lost-wax process
6.1 x 0.6 x 0.5 cm (2 3/8 x 1/4 x 3/16 in.)
Technical Details

Technical Observations: The patina is green and brown with a few spots of cuprite. This object is in good structural condition, although the two loops at the top are not complete. Coarse file marks on one side of the strap end go through the corrosion products and into the metal, and they may have been produced during the cleaning of the piece sometime after its excavation.

This object was cast in one piece with the two loops on the underside. The upper surface of the piece is smooth except for the circular decorations that appear to have been fashioned with a type of compass, which became slightly misaligned. Without further evidence, it is difficult to tell whether the indentations and protrusions on the sides of the object were enhanced by cold working.

Francesca G. Bewer (submitted 2001)


Recorded Ownership History
Formerly in the collection of the Peabody Museum of Harvard University, no. E-2321.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Transfer from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Published Catalogue Text: Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Bronzes at the Harvard Art Museums
This strap end would have been one part of a set of belt fittings. The overall shape is roughly triangular, with the sides scalloped and the underside hollow (1). There are four concentric circle decorative elements on the top, with a fifth, smaller concentric circle and round knob protrusion on the bottom. On the top, there are two loops, but the top section of both loops is missing. On the back, two rectangular strips of metal stick out with a small hole in each for attachment.


1. Compare W. Menghin, ed., The Merovingian Period. Europe without Borders: Archaeology and History of the 5th to 8th centuries, exh. cat., Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow; Hermitage, St. Petersberg (Berlin, 2007) 555, no. 8.15.2.

Lisa M. Anderson

Subjects and Contexts

  • Ancient Bronzes

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