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Name of Object:

Belt elements

Location:

Athens, Greece

Holding Museum:

Benaki Museum

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Date of Object:

Hegira 4th century / AD 10th century

Museum Inventory Number:

1856

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Gold

Dimensions:

Height 5.5 cm
Length 27 cm

Period / Dynasty

Abbasid

Provenance:

Iraq, said to have come from Samarra

Description:

Composed of a central rosette, eight bars and two finials, these belt elements are decorated with domes and granulation designs. Several features compare with Iranian pieces including the box construction and the minute granulation covering completely most of the domes. An early date is supported by the conspicuous absence of openwork filigree used in Fatimid jewellery. Similar belt elements were found in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon, in a hoard of Mamluk and other later jewellery.

Citation of this web page:

 "Belt elements" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;gr;Mus21;9;en

MWNF Working Number: GR 09

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 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period

Abbasids


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