An exceptional Norman Romanesque buckle made from highly gilded bronze, and cast in the form of two fantastical birds standing. The birds are depicted opposite one another with their talons apparent; their tails are long, and rest curled behind them, following the natural curve of the buckle itself. The left bird’s body features fine granulations to represent feathers, while the feathered body of the bird opposite has been accomplished through fine vertical striations. Between the two birds features a heraldic rhomboid shaped plaque, possibly of heraldic significance.
Date: Circa 12th Century AD