hammered and partly engraved bronze belt of elliptical form.
Richly decorated with nine central bosses surrounded by concentric circles.
On the sides stylized waterfowls emerging from a herringbone design.
The sideward bosses with engraved rays and circles look much like sun
Engraved fine-line waterfowls at each end of the belt. One of them rendered
The slightly flared edge of the belt with bands of short strokes, dots and
One end with a tongue-shaped hook, the other with turned-back edges and
holes to fix a leather belt.
The type is known from female burials in southern Etruria, northern Latium
and Picenum. It is generally considered an attribute of high rank women.
For related examples, cf. nos. 90-92 in: Ines Jucker. Italy of the
Etruscans. Mainz 1991.
Overall fine condition. Reconstituted from three fragments, tiny nicks out
of the rim restored. The square end of the belt frayed.
L. 32 cm (12.6 in), H. 11.7 cm (4.6 in)
Ex collection of Marcel Ebnöther (1920-2008). Sold in 1993 to Dr. R.
Hartmann (1922-2007), St. Gallen.
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