First half of the 1st millenium BC
H 16.5 cm
Northern Ossetia, Koban burial ground
This narrow buckle is decorated with a frieze of deer against a background of geometrical ornament. The deeply etched outlines of the figures were probably once filled with coloured, glass-like material. Buckles of similar shape were widespread, most of them about 20 cm long. Ancient craftsmen used various techniques to decorate their buckles with animal images.