Belt Fitting

1139-1161 AH/AD 1727-1748

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

The arc-shaped buckle is executed in a perforated style, and displays a design of tendrils and floral elements. The back is blank. A small perforation in the back part was used to attach the buckle to the girdle.

The back shows the stamp of the ruler and the date in Arabic: al-Mansur 115x. 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: Yo(sef) Ab(raham) Kassar, siyyur (?).

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  • Title: Belt Fitting
  • Creator: Yo Ab Kassar (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: Yo Ab Kassar (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 115x; [Engraved] In Hebrew: Yo(sef) Ab(raham) Kassar, siyyur (?)
  • Exhibitions: Diadem and Dagger: Jewish Artisans of Yemen. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012-2013.
  • Dimensions: H: 3 7/8 x W: 2 15/16 in. (9.8 x 7.5 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: 57.2327

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