Uncommon Etruscan belt buckle with
hooks ending in a female head flanked by a couple of lion heads.
The lions bent forward with ears laid back and teeth bared. Both with lenticular
eyes and engraved mane.
The woman looks in the opposite direction and shows a pointed face with
almond-shaped eyes. The strands of her hair are curled up in front of her chest,
much in accordance with archaic style.
Hooks and loops appear on narrow rectangular frames with emphasized corners.
Belts of leather or fabric were attached to the frames.
This type of buckle reflects the influence of eastern Mediterranean art among
Etruscans during the Orientalizing Period.
For related examples, cf. items 93-95 in: I. Jucker. The Italy of the Etruscans.
Intact and rare, nice patina with malachite patches.
W. hooked together 9.4 cm (3.7 in)
W. frames 6.6 cm (2.6 in)
Swiss private collection of Dr. Roland Hartmann (1922-2007), antiquarian and
internationally recognized authority in the field of ancient cultures and
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