EARLY MEDIEVAL:
HUNNISH, OSTROGOTHIC, FRANKISH AND BYZANTINE
BUCKLES AND FIBULAE

 

488   OSTROGOTHIC SILVER EAGLE-HEADED BUCKLE
         FIRST HALF OF VII century A.D.
Each end of kidney-shaped loop terminating in stylized animal heads. The eyes and each end with collar-set cabochon glass, as well as two rows of cabochon glass scrolling along the length. Each side of the massive stylized animal head tongue set with cabochon glass, terminated by standing animal. Rectangular plate has projecting eagle head with glass eye, central oval yellow glass medallion, four glass cabochons and one row scrolling on the perimeter. Back silver plate reinforced with flat bars. Leather belt still preserved between front and back plates.  Loop cracked and reinforced with the back-plate, one of the flat bars on the back plate is fragmental, otherwise intact.  L. 7"(17.8cm).
SOLD

 

 

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60   OSTROGOTHIC SILVER EAGLE-HEADED BUCKLE
       FIRST HALF OF VII century A.D.
Each end of kidney-shaped loop terminating in stylized animal heads. The eyes and each end with collar-set cabochon glass, as well as two rows of cabochon glass scrolling along the length. Each side of the massive stylized animal head tongue set with cabochon glass, terminated by standing animal. Rectangular plate has projecting eagle head with green glass eye. Central oval glass medallion; six blue glass cabochons and two rows scrolling on the perimeter. Back silver plate (with remaining original fabric) reinforced with flat bars. Leather belt still preserved between front and back plates.  L. 7.5" (19.3cm).
Sotheby’s Antiquities, NY, June 14, 2000  #148. 
SOLD

 

 



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487  FRANKISH GOLD AND SILVER BUCKLE
        FIRST HALF OF V century A.D.
Silver oval loop and tongue are solid cast. Loop is tapering towards the plate, tongue has square garnet inlay set in gold.  Silver plate folded around the loop, secured by rivets. Gold front plate with triangular settings for seven cloisonne garnet inlays and ribbed wire perimeter. L. 1.3" (3.2cm).
See: Brown K. R. From Attila to Charlemagne. Arts of the Early Medieval Period in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yale University Press, 2000, pg. 217. Zasetskaia I. P. Nomadic culture of the south Russian steppe lands: the end of IV and V centuries A. D. S. Petersburg, 1994, dr.19-b
SOLD

 

 

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863   EASTERN GERMANIC /GEPIDIC?/
         GILT SILVER BUCKLE
         SECOND HALF OF
V century A.D.
        
DANUBE region
Solid cast silver oval loop terminates with opposed dragon heads with gaping mouths and globular eyes; prominent manes indicated by scrolling band in high relief. Top of heads and necks decorated with zig-zag line at small scale in niello.  Three-faceted tongue decorated with zig-zag line in niello attached to solid rectangular section decorated with cross on scaly pattern background in niello. Rectangular front plate done in Kerbschnitt (or Keil) technique, where patterns of scrolling were deeply cast and worked over with a chisel, framed by a perimeter of zig-zag line at small scale in niello. Silver back plate attached to front by two small rivets. L. 2"(5.1 cm). 

The fine detail affords substantial insight into the range, complexity, and quality of the art that was applied in the execution of this technique.

$ 5000

 

 

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465   OSTROGOTHIC GILT SILVER  BUCKLE
         FIRST HALF OF VI century A.D.
Terminations of solid cast oval loop riveted to the axel.  Cast stylized tongue decorated with a band of gilt recessed pyramids. Each corner of rectangular plate set with cabochon garnets. Front plate done in Kerbschnitt (or Keil) technique, where patterns of scrolling were deeply cast and worked over with a chisel. Leather belt still preserved between front and back plates. L. 4.4"(11.2cm).
See: K. R. Brown. From Attila to Charlemagne. Arts of the Early Medieval Period in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yale University Press, 2000, pg. 111; Bierbrauer V. Die Ostgotischen Grab- und Schatzfunde in Italien // Biblioteca degli "Studi medievali".- Spotelo, 1975. VII.- table I
Christie
’s Antiquities, NY, June 4, 1999  #173. 
$ 2000

 

 

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864   OSTROGOTHIC GILT SILVER  BUCKLE
         FIRST HALF OF VI century A.D.
Solid cast silver oval loop with cast stylized bird-head tongue decorated with a band of stamped gilt dots forming a zig-zag flanked by double ridges; eyes in relief, with stamped dotted crosses for pupils, beak emphasized with gilt grooved lines. Each corner and the center of rectangular plate set with garnet cabochons. Front plate entirely gilt, done in Kerbschnitt (or Keil) technique, where patterns of scrolling were deeply cast and worked over with a chisel. Fragment of leather belt still preserved between front and back plates. Large fragment of original fabric preserved by copper oxides on the back plate.   L. 3.8"(9.6 cm).
See: Bierbrauer V. Die Ostgotischen Grab- und Schatzfunde in Italien // Biblioteca degli "Studi medievali".- Spotelo, 1975. VII.- table I;  K. R. Brown. From Attila to Charlemagne. Arts of the Early Medieval Period in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yale University Press, 2000, pg. 111.
Christie
’s Antiquities, NY, June 4, 1999  #173. 
SOLD

 

 

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709   OSTROGOTHIC GILT SILVER  BUCKLE
         FIRST HALF OF VI century A.D.
Solid cast silver oval loop terminated with gilt head of bird of prey with garnet - glass cabochon eyes.  Cast stylized bird-head tongue decorated with a band of four ridges; eyes in relief, with globular pupils. Each corner of rectangular plate set with knobbed rivets, garnet-glass cabochon in the center. Front plate entirely gilt, done in Kerbschnitt (or Keil) technique, where patterns of scrolling were deeply cast and worked over with a chisel. Fragment of leather belt still preserved between front and back plates. Silver back plate reinforced with bronze plates along the perimeter. L. 3.7"(9.4 cm).
See: Bierbrauer V. Die Ostgotischen Grab- und Schatzfunde in Italien // Biblioteca degli "Studi medievali".- Spotelo, 1975. VII.- table I;  K. R. Brown. From Attila to Charlemagne. Arts of the Early Medieval Period in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yale University Press, 2000, pg. 111.
Christie
’s Antiquities, NY, June 4, 1999, lot 172. 
SOLD

 

 

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463   OSTROGOTHIC SILVER BUCKLE
         FIRST HALF OF VII
century A.D.
With an oval loop and a hooked tongue in the form of a stylized bird head; the eyes in relief. Both elements hinged to a rectangular plate. A stylized lion in relief on the plate, with knobbed rivets at each corner; framed by a raised double border. Leather is still preserved  between front and back plates.
2.6"(6.6cm) x 4.9"(12.2cm).
$ 1,000
Christie’s Antiquities, NY, June 4, 1999, lot 171.

 

 

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62   OSTROGOTHIC SILVER BUCKLE WITH A CROSS
        SECOND HALF OF VI
century A.D.
Oval loop; hooked tongue with stylized beak and knobbed eyes, both hinged to a rectangular plate. Decorated with a cross in relief. Raised double border along the perimeter with knobbed rivets at the corners. Complete with original back plate. Small area of professional restoration.  3.6"(9.4cm).
See: A. Aibabin, “Ethnischegeschichte der Fruhbyzantinischen Krim”, 1999, p. 131, pl. 53, 1.
$ 200

 

 

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856   EASTERN GERMANIC GOLD FIBULAE
         I
V century A.D.
Sheet silver plates of rhomboid shape covered in gold sheet and then bent
around the edges of silver for attachment. Collars varying in shape, each containing an irregular almandine are soldered to the gold plate and arranged symmetrically. Double-beaded boarder along the perimeter. At the rear: pin with spring mechanism and catch, pin missing from one fibula. Surface is covered with products of oxidation of copper, which was part of silver alloy. L. 1.4"(3.6 cm).
 
See: Werner J. Beiträge zur Archäologie des Attila- Reiches. München, 1956, taf. 27; Kovrig I. Das Diadem vor Csorna//Folia Archaeologica, 36. Budapest, 1985, ss. 107-146.
$ 5000

 

 

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861   EASTERN GERMANIC BRONZE FIBULA
         SECOND HALF OF
V century A.D.
        
DANUBE region
Cast bronze,
Kerbschnitt (or Keil) technique, where patterns of pyramids were deeply cast and worked over with a chisel. Radiate head with central knob. Narrow arched bow; lozenge shaped foot with animal head at the toe. At the rear: oxidized iron chunk (iron spring) with fragment of original fabric, missing pin. L. 2.6"(6.6 cm). 
See: Werner J. Studien zu Grabfunden des V Jahrhunderts aus der Slovakai und der Karpatenukraine // SLA, 1959. - VII-2, p. 427-431.
$ 275

 

 

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862   EASTERN GERMANIC BRONZE FIBULA
         SECOND HALF OF
V century A.D.
        
DANUBE region
Cast bronze,
Kerbschnitt (or Keil) technique, where patterns of pyramids were deeply cast and worked over with a chisel. Radiate head with grooved central knob. Narrow arched bow flanked by lateral grooves; lozenge shaped foot with animal head at the toe. At the rear: central lug with oxidized iron chunk (iron spring) with  catch at footplate; missing pin. L. 2.6"(6.6 cm).
See: Werner J. Studien zu Grabfunden des V Jahrhunderts aus der Slovakai und der Karpatenukraine // SLA, 1959. - VII-2, p. 427-431. 
$ 275

 

 

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726   GERMANIC BRONZE FIBULA
         V century A.D.
Cast. Half-circle headplate with spoked grooves and five projecting knobs. Arched bow with pronounced central ridge, long pointed footplate decorated with grooves. At the rear is a lug, axis bar and spring, all bronze. Irregularly formed  bronze pin, catch is missing. L. 3.3" (8.4 cm).
For similar see: Herzog R., Koller A. Die Alamannen. Stuttgart, 1997, p. 212.
SOLD

 

 

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714   GERMANIC SILVER FIBULA
        
FIRST HALF OF VI century A.D.
Cast, gilt silver, chip-carving technique. Semi-circular head plate with three projecting knobs and scrolling decoration; arching bow with two wide grooves; foot with lozenge shaped decorations gradually decreasing in size,  central projecting toe and two garnet inlays.
Flat underside with preserved pin and spring mechanism, catch at footplate.1.5 x 2.8 inches. 
For similar see:
Herzog R., Koller A. Die Alamannen. Stuttgart, 1997, p.189; A. Aibabin, “Ethnischegeschichte der Fruhbyzantinischen Krim”, 1999, p. 309, table XXV, 10; Herzog R., Koller A. Die Alamannen. Stuttgart, 1997, p. 189. Christies' Antiquities, June 1999, lot #169
SOLD

 

 

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727   GEPIDIC SILVER FIBULAE
        
VI century A.D. 
Done in
Kerbschnitt (or Keil) technique, where patterns of scrolling were deeply cast and worked over with a chisel. Radiate head with three knobs, each set with a garnet cabochon; deep spiral decoration in between; narrow arched bow with pronounced central ridge and garnet cabochon in the middle; lozenge shaped foot with two projecting birds' heads, set with cabochon garnets, deep spiral decoration in between; concentric circles at the toe. At the rear: two lugs with an  axis bar, spring, pin and catch. Intact. L. 3.9" (9.9 cm). 
SOLD

 

 

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708   A PAIR OF GERMANIC GILT SILVER FIBULAE
         SECOND
HALF OF V - FIRST HALF OF VI century A.D.
Cast, gilt silver,
Kerbschnitt (or Keil) technique, where patterns of scrolling were deeply cast and worked over with a chisel. Gilt radiate head with five knobs and deep spiral decoration; narrow arched bow with pronounced central ridge; gilt lozenge shaped foot with two knobs set with garnet cabochons, deep spiral decoration in between; animal head at the toe. At the rear: two widely spaced lugs, an axis bar, oxidized iron chunk (iron spring). Missing pins on both fibulae, otherwise intact, with original garnets. L. 3.9"(9.9 cm). 
For similar see: Kuhn H. Die Germanischen Bugelfibeln der Volkerwanderungszeit in der Rheinprovinz // Akademische Druck.-u. Verlagsanstalt.-
Graz-Austria, 1965, table 62, 3,1-3, 2; Herzog R., Koller A. Die Alamannen. Stuttgart, 1997, p. 212; Vinski Z. O rovasenim fibulama ostrogota i Tirinzala povodom ryetkog tirinskog nalaza uSaloni // Vjesnik arheolosgok muzeja u Zagrebu.- Zagreb, 1972-73,  table XI, 60; Menis G.C. I Longobardi. Milano, 1990, cat. II.7.  
SOLD

 

 

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854   EASTERN GERMANIC GILT SILVER FIBULAE
        
FIRST HALF OF VI century A.D.
Cast, gilt silver,
Kerbschnitt (or Keil) technique, where patterns of scrolling were deeply cast and worked over with a chisel. Gilt radiate head with five knobs, central knob inlaid with a garnet cabochon; deep spiral decoration; arched bow with pronounced central ridge. The rhomboidal footplate has four garnet cabochons at the corners, the two lower ones in the form of the heads of stylized birds, the perforation was drilled. Animal head at the toe. At the rear: two widely spaced lugs, an axis bar, spring. Missing pins on both fibulae, otherwise intact, with original garnets. L. 4.7"(12 cm). 
For similar see:
Werner J. Katalog der Sammlung Diergardt. Vol.I, Die Fibeln. Berlin,1961, pp.V-IX, I, 29-30, pl. 26, 108-109; Germanen, Hunnen und Awaren: Schätze der Völkerwanderungszeit. Exh. cat. Nürnberg: Germanisches Nationalmuseum. 1987, pp. 110-11, no. 1,16.f; Bierbrauer V. Die ostgotischen Grab- und Schatzfunde in Italien. Biblioteca degli Studi Medievali, 1975, vol. 7, p.100 n.41, pl.68, 1-2; K. R. Brown. From Attila to Charlemagne. Arts of the Early Medieval Period in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yale University Press, 2000, pg. 110. 
SOLD

 

 

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717   PAIR OF  GERMANIC BRONZE FIBULAE
        
FIRST HALF OF V century A.D.
        
DANUBE region
Flat half-circle headplate, arching bow; multi-angular, pointed, flat footplate. Spring mechanism, pin and the catch have not survived. L. 2.8" (7.1 cm).
See: A. Aibabin, “Ethnischegeschichte der Fruhbyzantinischen Krim”, 1999, p. 304, table XX, 4.
SOLD

 

 

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715   GERMANIC SILVER FIBULA
        
FIRST HALF OF V century A.D.
        
DANUBE region
Flat half-circle headplate, arching bow with pronounced ridge; triangular shaped  footplate with light ridge and rounded corners. Headplate decorated with small projection at the top and incised lines at the flanks. Upper part of footplate also decorated with incised lines, forming triangle. Preserved spring mechanism, pin missing; catch at footplate.  L. 3.8" (9.7 cm).
SOLD

 

 

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710   PAIR OF  VISIGOTHIC BRONZE FIBULAE
        
VI century A.D.
Cast. Flat half-circle headplate, pronounced bow with sharp central ridge, long pointed footplate with light ridge. Headplate decorated with a disc and projecting birds' heads at opposition, the eye of each being marked with a ring and dot.
Flat underside with preserved spring mechanism; catch at footplate; pins partially missing. One bird's head on each fibula mended.  L. 3.6" (9.1 cm).
SOLD

 

 

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711   VISIGOTHIC BRONZE FIBULA
        
VI century A.D.
Cast. Flat half-circle headplate, pronounced bow; long, flat footplate. Headplate decorated with three projecting discs.
Flat underside with preserved spring mechanism, pin missing.  L. 3.7" (9.4 cm).
K. R. Brown. From Attila to Charlemagne. Arts of the Early Medieval Period in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yale University Press, 2000, pg. 189.
$ 275

 

 

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716   PAIR OF  OSTROGOTHIC SILVER FIBULAE
        
FIRST HALF OF V century A.D.
Cast. Rounded triangular headplates, arched bows with pronounced central ridge, long pointed footplate. Headplate decorated by three knobs with three grooves on each. Flat under
side with preserved pin and spring mechanism, catch at
footplate. L. 2.6" (6.6 cm).
For a similar pair see: K. R. Brown. From Attila to Charlemagne. Arts of the Early Medieval Period in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yale University Press, 2000, pg. 109.
SOLD

 

 

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713   PAIR OF  OSTROGOTHIC SILVER FIBULAE
         FIRST HALF OF V century A.D.
Cast. Rounded triangular headplates, arched bows with pronounced central ridge, long pointed footplate. Headplate decorated by three knobs with three grooves on each.
For one fibula: spring mechanism with oxidized iron chunk (iron spring) with preserved original fabric, ancient repair at lower footplate. Other one: spring mechanism
preserved, missing pin. L. 3.5" (8.9 cm).
SOLD

 

 

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729   PAIR OF GILT SILVER FIBULAE
         VI century A.D.
         VISIGOTHIC or OSTROGOTHIC
Made of sheet silver,
polygon head with three cast, gilt projections, riveted to the  plate. Long, sheet silver tapering foot with rib along the symmetry line. Cast  bow
with pronounced central ridge soldered to head and foot, flanked by gilt bronze plates, stamped in relief, also riveted to the plates. At the rear: lug with an  iron axis bar, spring and catch; missing pin for both fibulae. Upper& lower projections on bottom fibula (according to photo) are modern restoration. The left projection on top fibula broken in half and mended. Intact. L. 6.5" (16.5 cm).
For similar see: Wieczorek A., Perin P. Die Franken. Philipp von Zabern, 1996, vol. I p. 354; The Art of Medieval Spain. A.D. 500-1200. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. H. N. Abrams Inc., N.Y., p. 59.
SOLD

 

 

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855   PAIR OF GILT SILVER FIBULAE
         VI century A.D.
         VISIGOTHIC or OSTROGOTHIC
Made of sheet silver,
polygon head with three cast projections, riveted to the  plate. Traces of gilding. Long, sheet silver tapering foot with rib along the symmetry line. Cast  bow with pronounced central ridge soldered to head and foot, flanked by gilt bronze plates, stamped in relief, also riveted to the plates (only partially survived on one fibula).
At the rear: two widely spaced lugs with axis bar, pin with spring. Missing pin for one fibula. Back of the plates reinforced with bronze plates. Intact. L. 8.1" (20.5 cm).
For similar see: Wieczorek A., Perin P. Die Franken. Philipp von Zabern, 1996, vol. I p. 354; The Art of Medieval Spain. A.D. 500-1200. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. H. N. Abrams Inc., N.Y., p. 59.
SOLD

 

 

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723   GEPIDIC BRONZE BOW FIBULA
         SECOND HALF OF VI-VII 
century A.D.
        
DANUBE region
Cast. Fan-shaped head plate with seven circular perforations formed by stylized birds' heads: beak of each bird connecting to back of the head of the next one. Arching bow with four longitudinal grooves, flanked by lateral grooves. Foot with stylized sides and a zoomorphic terminal; stamped concentric circles throughout. At the rear are two lugs and an axis bar and pin, oxidized iron chunk (iron spring). Missing pin. L. 3.7”(9.4 cm).
SOLD

 

 

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860   GEPIDIC BRONZE BOW FIBULA
         SECOND HALF OF VI-VII 
century A.D.
        
DANUBE region
Cast. Fan-shaped head plate with central knob and four circular perforations formed by stylized birds' heads: beak of each bird connecting to the back of the head of the next one. Arching bow with four longitudinal grooves, flanked by lateral grooves. Foot with stylized sides and a zoomorphic terminal; stamped circles throughout. At the rear are two lugs and an axis bar and pin, large fragment of original fabric. Missing pin. L. 3.7" (9.4 cm).
$ 450

 

 

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724   GEPIDIC BRONZE BOW FIBULA
         SECOND HALF OF VI-VII 
century A.D.
        
DANUBE region
Cast. Fan-shaped head plate with central knob and four circular perforations formed by stylized birds' heads: beak of each bird connecting to the back of the head of the next one. Arching bow with two wide longitudinal grooves, flanked by lateral grooves. Foot with stylized sides and a zoomorphic terminal; stamped concentric circles throughout. At the rear are two lugs and an axis bar and pin, oxidized iron chunk (iron spring). Missing pin. L. 3.7”(9.4 cm).
SOLD

 

 

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712   BRONZE FIBULA
         VI-VII century A.D..
         DANUBE region
Cast. Flat headplate with opposed schematic animal heads, pronounced bow with light ridge; long, flat footplate. Flat underside with preserved pin and spring mechanism; catch at footplate.  L. 3.2" (8.1 cm).
$ 275

 

 

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342   GERMANIC BRONZE FIBULA
         IV-V century A.D.
Cast fibulae in the form of a horsefly  with outstretched wings; neck accented with grooves; cylindrical head with
projecting eyes and incised lines. Flat underside, spring mechanism and pin have not survived. L. 2.1"(5.3 cm).
See: Laszlo G. The art of the Migration period.- Budapest, 1974, tab. 69, 70; Werner J. Beitrage zur Archaologie des Attila Reiches // Bayer. Acad.d.Wissenschaften Philol.-hist. Klasse.- 1956, tab.48,13; 49,4. 
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55     GERMANIC BRONZE FIBULA
         FIRST HALF OF V century A.D.
         DANUBE region.
Cast fibulae in the form of a winged insect. Schematically represented body with central ridge, faceted wings, neck accented with grooves; round head with 
incised lines to indicate eyes. Flat underside with pin  and spring mechanism; catch is at the head. L. 1.6"(4.1 cm).
See: Laszlo G. The art of the Migration period.- Budapest, 1974, tab. 69, 70; Werner J. Beitrage zur Archaologie des Attila Reiches // Bayer. Acad.d.Wissenschaften Philol.-hist. Klasse.- 1956, tab.48,13; 49,4. 
$ 375

 

 

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53   PAIR OF OSTROGOTHIC BRONZE FIBULAE
       SECOND HALF OF V century A.D.
Cast fibulae in the form of horseflies with facet wings; body with round head. Flat underside  with spring mechanism. Catch is at the head end. One pin and spring have not survived. L. 1.9"(4.9cm).
See: A. Aibabin, “Ethnischegeschichte der Fruhbyzantinischen Krim”, 1999, p. 309, table XXV, 2.
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858     GERMANIC BRONZE FIBULA
           V century A.D.
Cast fibulae in the form of horseflies. Schematically represented body with central ridge, faceted wings, neck accented with grooves; round head with  stinger and
incised crossed lines to indicate eyes. Flat underside with complete pins and spring mechanisms on both fibulae. L. 1.9"(4.8 cm).
See: Laszlo G. The art of the Migration period.- Budapest, 1974, tab. 69, 70; Werner J. Beitrage zur Archaologie des Attila Reiches // Bayer. Acad.d.Wissenschaften Philol.-hist. Klasse.- 1956, tab.48,13; 49,4. 
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470   GERMANIC SILVER FIBULA
         FIRST
HALF OF V century A.D.
         DANUBE region.
Silver alloy cast fibulae in the form of a horsefly  with stylistic wings; accented neck with grooves; angular head with oval eyes. Flat underside  with spring mechanism. Catch is at the head end. Pin has not survived. Lower parts of both wings were broken and reattached with adhesive. L. 2.5"(6.4cm).
See: Laszlo G. The art of the Migration period.- Budapest, 1974, tab. 69, 70; Werner J. Beitrage zur Archaologie des Attila Reiches // Bayer. Acad.d.Wissenschaften Philol.-hist. Klasse.- 1956, tab.48,13; 49,4. 
$ 275

 

 

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857   PAIR OF OSTROGOTHIC SILVER FIBULAE
         SECOND HALF OF V century A.D.
Cast fibulae in the form of horseflies with facet wings; neck accented with grooves; triangular head with
projecting eyes and incised lines. Flat underside  with spring mechanism and pin, catch is at the head end. Completely intact. L. 1.8"(4.6 cm).
See: Laszlo G. The art of the Migration period.- Budapest, 1974, tab. 69, 70; Werner J. Beitrage zur Archaologie des Attila Reiches // Bayer. Acad.d.Wissenschaften Philol.-hist. Klasse.- 1956, tab.48,13; 49,4. 
$ 650

 

 

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859   SILVER FIBULA
         V-VI century A.D.
Cast fibulae in the form of a running hare. Head with large erect ears and ball-form eyes on each side; paws accented with grooves. Flat underside,
two spaced lugs, an axis bar, spring mechanism and pin. L. 2.2"(5.6 cm), H. 2.2"(5.6 cm).
SOLD

 

 

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466   GERMANIC SILVER FIBULA
         IV century A.D.
         DANUBE region
Acute angular bow with multi-faceted cross section, bilateral spring, "returned" foot, bow decorated with an X of incised lines just above the axis bar and several incised lines just above the foot.  One part of spring mechanism was broken and reattached with adhesive.  1.8" x 0.8" (4.6 cm x 1.9 cm).
See: Wieczorek A., Perin P. Die Franken. Philipp von Zabern, 1996, vol. II p. 819.
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719   GERMANIC SILVER FIBULA
         V century A.D.
         DANUBE region
Obtuse angular bow with rectangular cross section, bilateral spring, "returned" foot. Intact.  2" x  0.6" (5.1 cm x 1.5 cm)
$ 150

 

 

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728   LANGOBARDIC BRONZE FIBULA
         VI
century A.D.
Solid cast arched bow with central ridge, bilateral spring, cast "returned" foot, bow decorated with stamped concentric circles and double grooves throughout. Knob projection above the spring. Pin missing.  2.8" x 1" (7.1 cm x 2.5 cm).
For similar see: Menis G.C. I Longobardi. Milano, 1990, cat. X.142. 
$ 75

 

 

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725   GEPIDIC BRONZE FIBULA
        
SECOND HALF OF VI century A.D.
        
Balkans
Solid
cast arched bow with  rectangular cross section; bilateral spring; axis bar with two bulbous projections at either end; "returned" foot; bow decorated with
stamped concentric circles followed by a trail of short parallel lines; above foot is a simulated wound wire. Knob projection above the spring. Pin missing. 2.2 x 1 x 0.7 " (5.6 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm).
SOLD

 

 

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64   BYZANTINE SILVER BUCKLE
       FIRST HALF OF VII
century A.D.
Cast in block. Solid crown-shaped plate with small triangular lug at the top.  Laterally elongated loop with deep recess to take the pin. Wide bevel along the perimeter. Tongue  decorated with collar-set yellow cabochon glass. Two short rods at the rear. 1.8”(4.6cm).
See: K. R. Brown. From Attila to Charlemagne. Arts of the Early Medieval Period in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yale University Press, 2000, pg. 115.
$ 275

 

 

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484   BYZANTINE SILVER BUCKLE
         VI
century A.D.
With a solid cast oval loop and  hooked tongue. Both elements hinged to an oval plate which is folded around the loop forming the back plate and secured to the front with three rivets. Hinge section decorated with parallel grooves forming a triangle L 1.8" ( 4.8 cm).
$200

 

 

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67   BYZANTINE SILVER BUCKLE
       SECOND HALF OF VIII-IX century A.D.
 Plate with crimped edge and three rivet holes. Trapeziform decorated loop. Tongue and plate hinged with silver pin. Short wide tongue with flat knob with cross. 2.8” (7.0 cm).
$ 300

 

 

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75   BYZANTINE BRONZE BUCKLE
       VIII
century A.D. 
Kidney-shaped loop. Short wide tongue with cubical knob; both hinged to a openwork plate. Two perforated lugs at the rear. 2.6”(6.5 cm). 
SOLD

 

 

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65   BYZANTINE BRONZE BUCKLE
       VIII
century A.D.
Kidney-shaped loop; short wide tongue with flat knob both hinged to an open-work plate. Two perforated lugs at the rear. 2.6”(6.8cm).
See: K. R. Brown. From Attila to Charlemagne. Arts of the Early Medieval Period in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yale University Press, 2000,, pg. 189 (17.1)
SOLD

 

 

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69   BYZANTINE BRONZE BUCKLE
       VIII
century A.D.
Oval-shaped loop. Short tongue with flat knob and dot-and-circle indentation; both hinged to an openwork plate decorated with dot-and-circle indentation. Two perforated lugs at the rear. 2.6”(6.5 cm). 
See:
K. R. Brown. From Attila to Charlemagne. Arts of the Early Medieval Period in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yale University Press, 2000, pg. 115
(17.1)
$ 150

 

 









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70   BYZANTINE BRONZE BUCKLE
       SECOND HALF OF VIII
century A.D. 
Kidney-shaped loop. Short tongue with flat knob. Both hinged to a triangular plate decorated with stylized floral relief . 2.3”(6.0cm).
SOLD

 

 

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76   BYZANTINE BRONZE BUCKLE
       VIII
century A.D.
 Kidney-shaped loop; short wide tongue with flat knob. Both hinged to a plate
with small round lug at the top and decorated with uncertain design in high relief. 2.5”(6.4 cm).
$ 200

 

 

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71   BRONZE BUCKLE
       FIRST HALF OF VIII
century A.D.
      
KHAZAR KAGANATE
Kidney-shaped loop, ornamented in relief. Short tongue with flat knob; both hinged to a openwork plate with net design. 2.3”(6.0cm). 
$ 175

 

 

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73   SILVER BUCKLE
       FIRST HALF OF VIII
century A.D.
       KHAZAR KAGANATE
Kidney-shaped loop; short tongue with flat knob. Both hinged to a thick plate
with crimped edge. All three parts are richly decorated with floral design in high relief. 2.7”(7.0cm). 
SOLD

 

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