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Estimate: 550 GBP   |   Starting price: 460 GBP ---
A SUMATRAN SILVER AND NIELLO MAN BELT BUCKLE, PENDING
Late 19th - early 20th century


A SUMATRAN SILVER AND NIELLO MAN BELT BUCKLE, PENDING
Late 19th - early 20th century
22,5 x 12 cm

Of ogival form with jagged edges and pointed sides, richly decorated with floral motifs and geometric design.

Provenance: Acquired before 1975.


Belt buckles like this were worn with textile belts on ceremonial occasions. Their size and intricacy of decoration are emblems of the rank of the owner.
A very similar belt buckle is in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (inv. IS.72-1975), others are in the Power House Museum (39A 8.1.2007) and in the Asian Civilisation museum in Singapore (inv. 1992-00578); see also B. Carpenter, Ethnic Jewellery from Indonesia. Continuity and Evolution, Singapore 2012, p. 115.

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