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Belt buckle (ceinture) (Front)

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Male, St Trudo's Abbey



Height: 47mm
Width: 68mm
Depth: 9mm

Saint Augustine of Hippo, as a bishop, with mitre, crozier and a heart. Foliated decoration. Scallop shell niche. Flamboyant tracery.

Bruges 2010: Northern France or Flanders, 1st half of the 16th century.


Certainly given by Alonso de Santagadea, consul of the Spanish 'Natie' in Bruges in 1522 and benefactor of St Trudo's Abbey, possibly as part of the attire of his three daughters. The three daughters of Alonso de Santagadea and his wife Clara Begir Velasco de Belvedere, Isabella, Johanna and Anna entered the abbey. Johanna (b. 1534, d. 1600) entered the abbey in 1558 at the same time as her sister Isabella. On 28 August 1584, Johanna became the new abbess (see Bruges 2010).

S. Vandenberghe, Ivory in Bruges: Treasures from museums, churches and monasteries, exhibition catalogue, Bruges, 2010, pp. 24-27.


© City of Bruges, city photographers.

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