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Belt Fitting

1139-1161 AH/AD 1727-1748

The Walters Art Museum

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The front of the arch-shaped buckle is decorated with in filigree technique with spiral and tendril arabesques as well as small rosette-shaped granulation clusters; at the center of the decoration is a large eight-leaf rosette. A small perforation was used to attach the buckle to the girdle.

The back is blank except an Arabic stamp with name and date of the ruler: al-Mansur 11xx. The stamp belongs to Imam al-Mansur al-Husayn, who lived from AH 1139 to 1161 (AD 1727-1748).

An engraved inscription in Hebrew names the silversmith: Yahya Tayyib (?), siyyur (?).

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  • Title: Belt Fitting
  • Creator: Yahya Tayyib (Yemeni, active ca. 1727-1748) (?)
  • Date Created: 1139-1161 AH/AD 1727-1748
  • 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 Tayyib (Yemeni, active ca. 1727-1748) (?)
  • Reign: Imam al-Mansur al-Husayn (1139-1161 AH/AD 1727-1748)
  • 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 11xx; [Engraved] In Hebrew: Yahya Tayyib (?), siyyur (?)
  • Exhibitions: Diadem and Dagger: Jewish Artisans of Yemen. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012-2013.
  • Dimensions: H: 3 7/16 x W: 2 3/8 in. (8.8 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: 57.2326

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