Belt of a Warrior

Belt of a Warrior

  • Site: Zemun Polje
  • Period: Great Migration and Middle Ages
  • Date: late 8th-early 9th centuries
  • Material: bronze, gilding
  • Technique: casting, punctuation
  • Dimensions: pin of the buckle length 9.4 cm, two-piece buckle length 5.9 cm
  • Inventory number: ZA 2523-2533

Parts of a belt and a battle-ax were found in the grave of a warrior. The pin of the buckle, the belt plates with the representations of busts imitating late classical portraits, and the tendrils with palmettes stylized in the "Persian manner" point to Byzantine models. The few known examples of similar belts come from the Pannonian plain, which shows that the origin of such objects should be perhaps sought in the central Danubian region. Their small number seems to indicate that they were made for some special purpose. This luxurious belt may have been a token of high military rank or, as it is more likely in this case, a valuable award given in recognition of services rendered in the border zone at the time when the frontiers between the states formed in the former Avar territory were being settled.

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