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Celtic, Buckle, Open-work, Serpent-tooth, ca. 4th-3rd Cent BC

Copper alloy; 51mm/21.7gm

Con/ As Cast; smooth and glossy green patina

Ref/ Are you kidding me?

Seller's Note/ What is a serpent-tooth buckle, anyway? Well, if you look at the photo, you'll see that there is no square frame, nor the common prong, as normally seen in more modern buckles. In this case, the outer rim of the buckle would have been attached to the belt via a few small leather straps (with or with out connector rings) and then the serpents tooth was then pressed into a hole in the leather belt, and simply then held on by compression. Make sense? 

Ground-found in the Balkans in a small Celtic settlement south of the Drava river, this extremely rare serpent tooth buckle shows no signs of ever being worn or used in any manner. As such, it was most likely buried as a gift to the Celtic gods.

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