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I am not sure if you are a framer or maybe a woodworker? Hard to tell from the photos if this is brass over wood? If so, you can build a strainer and attach your hardware on that. The strainer would be screwed into the wood of the frame.
If it is 40lbs, you might want to use z-bars, top and bottom.
Yep! D rings and cord or any type of wire across frame with that skinny profile would twist the wood and tear the whole thing apart. It needs a substantial piece of wood, preferably two pieces fixed across to reinforce the frame then Z bars top and bottom.
I second the recommendation for a full strainer inside the back of the frame. I'd consider pocket screws to attach it. Look up Kreg jig if you're unfamiliar.
A cleat, either z-bar or wooden, would be appropriate to hang it. With a little preplanning, you can build a strainer that is angled inside to act as a cleat that meshes with a complimentary angled wood cleat mounted to the wall. As long as the outer frame is reasonably secure, you should be fine.