Parthian Belt Buckle with a Fighting Scene


A fine cast bronze belt buckle with two rectangular holes on each side, as well as a hook for attachment to fabric or leather. The buckle features a lion attacking a bovine in high relief. Despite its simplicity, the scene is depicted with naturalism and dynamism.

Date: Circa 2nd Century BC
Condition: Very fine condition, with traces of green patina and ageing on the surface.

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Conflict between two or more powerful creatures is a recurring theme in ancient art of the Near East. Fierce animals shown locked in combat were perhaps meant to embody strong opposing forces in nature.

The Parthian Empire, also known as the Arsacid Empire, was a major political and cultural power. The Parthians largely adopted the art, architecture, religious beliefs, and royal insignia of their culturally heterogeneous empire, which encompassed Western asiatic (Luristan and Elamite), Hellenistic, and regional cultures.

Weight 173 g
Dimensions L 6.5 x W 0.5 x H 2.5 cm



Reference: For similar item, see The Metropolitan Museum, New York, item number: 1999.323

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