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A Byzantine Bronze Military Belt, ca. 4th century AD

RB1615

A symbol of warrior status, this bronze belt is constructed of sixty-two openwork rectangular plates.  Each plate has been individually cast in a geometric design, suggesting a stylized cross.   On the back of each plate are three suspension loops for attachment to a leather base and terminates with a two piece frame-and-prong d-ring buckle.

Dimensions: Length: 26 1/2 inches (67.3 cm), Height: 1 7/8" (4.8 cm) 

Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall, with fine blue-green surface patina. Restrung with leather cord and presented on a museum quality custom mount.

Provenance:   The Cyrus Collection of Ancient Art, acquired by Edward Safani in Lebanon in the 1960's. 


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