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Belt Fitting

1215 AH/AD 1800-1801

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

The front of the arc-shaped buckle displays a motif of arabesques with tendrils, rosettes, and tear-shaped elements. A hole through the front and the back, which was used to attach the buckle to the girdle, still has the ring and the clasp preserved.

The back shows an Arabic stamp with the name of the ruler and the date: al-Mansur 1215. Imam al-Mansur "Ali I ruled from AH 1189 to 1224 (AD 1775-1809).

An engraved inscription in Hebrew names the silversmith: Harun Yishaq, siwa (?).

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  • Title: Belt Fitting
  • Creator: Harun Yishaq (Yemeni, active ca. 1800)
  • Date Created: 1215 AH/AD 1800-1801
  • 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: Harun Yishaq (Yemeni, active ca. 1800)
  • 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 remains of gilding
  • Inscriptions: [Stamp] In Arabic: al-Mansur 1215; [Engraved] In Hebrew: Harun Yishaq, siwa (?)
  • 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 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: 57.233

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