Silver-gilt buckle

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From Traprain Law, East Lothian

Postcard of Silver-gilt buckle.
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Silver-gilt buckle

This silver gilt buckle was found at Traprain Law in East Lothian. It was part of a hoard containing over 150 silver objects, mainly tableware, buried between 410 and 425 AD. The buckle formed part of an officer's uniform.

The buckle has eight adjoining ornamental bars, and is decorated on almost all surfaces with a variety of geometric ornament, some inlaid with niello. Remains of leather were also preserved.

Several buckles from an officer's uniform were preserved in the hoard, as were a small number of strap fittings. Some of the objects, such as this one, resemble equipment from Hungary.

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Online ID: 000-100-039-863-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.GVA 147
Date: Deposited between 410 and 425 AD
Material: Silver-gilt; eight adjoining ornamental bars; remains of leather
What: Buckle / bar
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Traprain Law
Description: Silver-gilt buckle and eight adjoining ornamental bars, with remains of leather, from Traprain Law
  • Curle, Alexander O. The treasure of Traprain. A Scottish hoard of Roman silver plate. Glasgow: Maclehose, Jackson and Co., 1923, pp. 86-7. 
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