Eastern Mediterranean; possibly Lebanon or Syria
2 1/8 x 3/4 in.
Bequest of David P. Harris ('46), 2020
Purchased by David P. Harris from Julia Schottlander (Tetragon) in London on June 13, 1992.
Brad Hostetler, with Ani Parnagian, "From Private to Public: The Collection of David P. Harris," in Ethiopian Objects in the Blick-Harris Study Collection: Art, Context, and the Persistence of Form, eds. Brad Hostetler, and Lynn Jones, Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art & Architecture 8, no. 1 (Spring 2022): 5–25. https://digital.kenyon.edu/perejournal/vol8/iss1/1/
A curved tongue and notched oval loop are hinged to an openwork plaque. The plaque is decorated with incised parallel lines and with circles. There appears to be a cross of small incised triangles both on the tongue and on the terminal disk of the plaque. On the back are two loops for attachment to the belt. The present buckle was believed by the dealer to have come from Lebanon or Syria. For a similar buckle, see British Museum, 1985,1010.1.