Belt Fitting

ca. 1800

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

The front of the arc-shaped buckle is chased and worked in a perforated style, with a central medallion and tendrils around it. The outer frame combines four-leafed rosettes and leaf-shaped elements. The central medallion and the outer border are
executed in niello technique. The inner border section contains five ring-shaped elements with cross- and leaf-shaped decoration. The hole through the back still has the ring and the clasp preserved.

The back has an Arabic stamp with the name of a ruler and a date, which has not yet been deciphered.

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  • Title: Belt Fitting
  • Creator: Yemeni
  • Date Created: ca. 1800
  • 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: Artist: Yemeni
  • 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 niello and gilding
  • Inscriptions: [Stamp] Undecipherable name and date in Arabic
  • Exhibitions: Diadem and Dagger: Jewish Artisans of Yemen. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012-2013.
  • Dimensions: H: 2 13/16 x W: 2 3/16 in. (7.1 x 5.6 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: 57.2331

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