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The front of the arc-shaped buckle is decorated with a very fine chased design of arabesques, tendrils, and leaves; at the outer border has a design of alternating rhombic and ring-shaped elements. The hole through the back was used to attach the buckle to the girdle.

The back is blank, but has an Arabic stamp with the name of the ruler and the date: al-Mansur 1189. Imam al-Mansur "Ali I ruled from AH 1189 to 1224 (AD 1775-1809).

An engraved inscription in Hebrew names the silversmith: Sulayman Kassar, siyyur (?).

Details

  • Title: Belt Fitting
  • Creator: Sulayman Kassar (Yemeni, active ca. 1775)
  • Date Created: 1189 AH/AD 1775
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Silversmith: Sulayman Kassar (Yemeni, active ca. 1775)
  • Reign: Al-Mansur ΓÇÿAli I (1189-1224 AH/AD 1775-1809)
  • Provenance: Mr. Derek Content and Mr. Benjamin Zucker [Zucker Family Trust] London and New York, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2010, by gift.
  • Object Type: buckles; girdles (belts)
  • Medium: silver with gilding
  • Inscriptions: [Stamp] In Arabic: al-Mansur 1189 AH; [Engraved] In Hebrew: Sulayman Kassar, siyyur (?)
  • Exhibitions: Diadem and Dagger: Jewish Artisans of Yemen. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012-2013.
  • Dimensions: H: 3 9/16 x W: 2 7/16 in. (9 x 6.2 cm)
  • Credit Line: Joint gift to the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Mr. Derek Content and Mr. Benjamin Zucker in honor of Mrs. Amanda Content and Mrs. Barbara Zucker, 2010
  • Classification: Gold, Silver & Jewelry
  • Accession Number: 57.2328

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