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Bronze belt buckle
AF. 24367
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The buckle is decorated with deer and eagle depictions. Note that the figure of a deer takes the central place in Turkic mythology. A deer symbolized wisdom and nobleness. Its periodically regenerating branched antlers were considered to be the embodiment of rejuvenation and eternal renewal, changing the course of time. The depiction of a running deer with branched antlers is bordered with a flat, taenite frame in the form of ring. The antlers, eyes, mouth, nose and legs of the deer are distinctly visible. The deer is turning around and looking at an eagle behind it. The belt is partially broken, but the ring and hook are preserved.

History of the Object
From ancient times, the belt was said to add strength to the warrior, so very often it was decorated with an appropriate ornament. Probably, this belt belonged to a leader of a tribe.

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
Bronze; crafting technique - casting, bending 
Measurements
Length 12,7 cm, diameter 10,8 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Azerbaijan 
Geography
Azerbaijan 
Time period
BCE 3rd century ~ BCE 1st century 
Creation date
BCE: 3rd Century BCE - 1st Century BCE 
Function
It was used as a buckle for a belt. 
Acquisition
It was discovered during archaeological excavations in Nargizava (Agsu-Gegeli) by archaeologist Fariz Xalilli in 2002. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The National Museum of History of Azerbaijan 
Museum
ANAS National Museum of the History of Azerbaijan 
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