Thoughts on the Provenance of Some Merovingian-Era Buckles at the University of Missouri
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"Among the thousands of objects in the collection of the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri is a little-known group of early medieval artifacts from France. Given by the artist Evelyn Borchard Metzger in 1962, the European objects include a silver gilt bronze brooch, twenty bronze and iron buckles, and a decorated bronze buckle. They represented part of a larger gift of pieces from Mrs. Metzger to the museum, which included art from ancient Egypt and pre-Columbian Peru. Among the early medieval artifacts, the group of twenty buckles is notable because of the preservation of valuable information about their original provenance in northern France from early twentieth-century excavations of three Merovingian-era cemeteries at Dury-Saint-Claude, Bury, and La Neuvil-leroy (de?partement Oise, France). Previously unpublished, the buckles constitute one of the largest collections in the United States of early medieval artifacts with known find spots, and thus they merit further attention."--First paragraph.
Originally published in: Muse, 2010-2011, volume 44-45, pages 49-58
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