Belt Fitting

2nd half 19th century

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

The front of the arc-shaped buckle is cast and details chased. The design displays a central rosette with four tear-shaped elements and four small rosettes. This central element is framed by an elaborately chased floral design. The back of the buckle is blank. The front follows the shape of the central rosette. The hole through the back still has the ring and the clasp preserved.

The back shows an engraved inscription in Hebrew with the name of the silversmith: Yahya Kassar, mahasit. The term "mahasit" means "half."


  • Title: Belt Fitting
  • Creator: Yahya Kassar (Yemeni, active 2nd half 19th century)
  • Date Created: 2nd half 19th century
  • 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: Yahya Kassar (Yemeni, active 2nd half 19th century)
  • 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: [Engraved] In Hebrew: Yahya Kassar, mahasit
  • Geography: Place of Origin: Al-Yaman
  • Exhibitions: Diadem and Dagger: Jewish Artisans of Yemen. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012-2013.
  • Dimensions: H: 3 1/8 x W: 2 3/8 in. (8 x 6.1 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: 57.2329

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