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A Fragment of a Gilt-Bronze Buckle Frame from Soham, Cambridgeshire, and the Dune Hoard Belt Buckle in Stockholm

  • T A Heslop (a1) and Steven Ashley (a2)

Abstract

A gilt-bronze belt buckle fragment recently found in Cambridgeshire has its closest parallel in a well-known and better-preserved example now in Stockholm, discovered among the Dune hoard on Gotland. This fourteenth-century deposition contains a wide range of metalwork of mixed date and origin. Scholars have long debated the attributions of many of its constituent pieces, including the belt buckle. The discovery at Soham reinforces the suggestion made sixty years ago by Hanns Swarzenski that the Dune buckle might have come from England rather than Continental Europe. This paper reviews the implications of the recent find for the date and subject matter of the Dune buckle and another buckle from the same period, now in New York.

Un fragment de boucle de ceinture en bronze doré trouvé récemment dans le Cambridgeshire se rapproche fortement d'un exemple bien connu et bien conservé qui se trouve actuellement à Stockholm, découvert dans le trésor de Dune, dans le Gotland. Ce dépôt du xive siècle contient une grande diversité d'objets en métal de dates et d'origines variées. Les universitaires débattent depuis longtemps des attributions de beaucoup de ses pièces, notamment de cette boucle de ceinture. La découverte de Soham renforce la suggestion émise il y a soixante ans par Hanns Swarzenski, selon laquelle la boucle de Dune pourrait provenir d'Angleterre et non pas de l'Europe continentale. Cet article examine les implications de cette découverte récente concernant la date et le sujet de la boucle de Dune et d'une autre boucle de la même période, actuellement à New York.

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A Fragment of a Gilt-Bronze Buckle Frame from Soham, Cambridgeshire, and the Dune Hoard Belt Buckle in Stockholm

  • T A Heslop (a1) and Steven Ashley (a2)

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