13th century AD
bronze, cast, pierced, engraved and gilded
3.5 x 8cm (buckle)
The decoration is eclectic: the buckle has palmettes, the oval plaque has a bracketed outline and bears chinoiserie phoenixes, and the sub-rectangular plaque has a symmetrical foliate design. The chinoiserie elements argue for a later 13th century date, when Iran was under Ilkhanid rule.
D. Alexander, The Arts of War. Arms and Armour of the 7th to 19th Centuries, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume XXI, London 1992, cat.12, pp.28–9. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.217, p.184.