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Antiquities => Fibulae and Clothing Items => Topic started by: Mayadigger on November 30, 2018, 03:16:10 pm



Title: ID for Dragonesque curiosity
Post by: Mayadigger on November 30, 2018, 03:16:10 pm
Ave!

Season's Greetings!

Copper alloy/ Dragon 34mm/ loop 23mm/ entire weight 14.5gm

A connector of some sort, of course, and the dragon/snake's other end is missing...sigh...

The dotted pattern is the same on the reverse.

Era and use, please. I'm done guessing here as I'm always wrong.  ::)

Thanks in advance,

Kevin


Title: Re: ID for Dragonesque curiosity
Post by: otlichnik on November 30, 2018, 05:27:33 pm
These are part of a form of belt buckle.  They are not a dragon, but an S.  Very few have the dots and most are actually round in cross-section.  They link to plain round rings (as here), or buckle plates, either D-shaped or square with perforated decorations and a loop on one side.

The are found in northern Serbia, northern Bulgaria, eastern Romania and the Crimea.

They are generally dated to the second half of the 5th century (but were used into the 6th) and are associated with the Ostrogoths who migrated into the lower Danube at that time from the Crimea region.


Aleksander Stanev, Elementi na germanskija fibule kostjum na jug ot dunav (Elements of Germanic Fibulae and Costume from South of the Danube), page 229-236.

SC


Title: Re: ID for Dragonesque curiosity
Post by: Mayadigger on December 01, 2018, 11:49:35 am
Thanks Shawn!

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