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Fibulae and Buckle

  • Era/Century: Middle Ages
  • Dating: last decade of the 5th century
  • Material: silver, semiprecious stone, electrum
  • Technique: casting, gilding
  • Dimensions: Fibulae length 12.8 and 12.9 cm; Buckle length 10.7 cm
  • ID Number: AS 2443 (а-b), 2444
  • Property: Belgrade City Museum
  • On Display: No

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This pair of fibulae of the Reggio Emilia type used to fasten the cloak, and the Italo-Ostrogothic belt buckle were found in the grave of a young person. Although made of different materials, their style shows that they come from the same group of workshops which were active in the west Mediterranean region in the second half of the 5th century. The migrations of the Gothic tribes contributed to the spreading of the skill of Black Sea craftsmen in making objects "ad usum barbarorum". This rather coarse polychromatic style was based on a combination of various materials, forms and ornaments, which "pleased the taste of the barbarians". Hence parts of the Germanic costume, probably Ostrogothic in this particular case, can be perceived on the buckle and the fibulae. The decoration of these objects consists of inlaid red semiprecious stones and geometric, floral and zoomorphic designs.


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