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JLY 2153
JLY 2153

Belt Fittings

JLY 2153

northeastern China or Inner Asia (or Central Asia)

10th–early 12th century AD (or 12th–early 13th century AD)

JLY 2153

Belt Fittings

JLY 2153

northeastern China or Inner Asia (or Central Asia)

10th–early 12th century AD (or 12th–early 13th century AD)

cast and sheet copper alloy and wire, gilded; leather backing

4.3 x 4.5cm (plaques); 4.7 x 8.1cm (terminal)

Six of these seven belt fittings are almost square and their front is decorated in high relief with a deer couchant, body and head facing right, in a beaded circle. The seventh fitting is rectangular with one rounded end and also bears a deer couchant, its body facing right but its head turned back, in the beaded circle. The deer all have mushroom-like lingzhi antlers and their coats are represented with engraved lines. The front plaques are mercury-amalgam gilded and the grounds within the beaded circles have ring-punched scrolls. All the fittings still have a back-plate, which is secured by rivets, and all but one has the remains of a leather belt sandwiched between the front and back plates.

M. Spink & J. Ogden, The Art of Adornment, Jewellery of the Islamic Lands, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume XVII, Part Two, London 2013, cat.294, pp.332–3.