Belt ornament

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    11th-12th century
  • Geography

  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 2.1 x 3.8 x 5.2 cm (13/16 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    A hollow rectangular ornament with an arch-shaped tip made up of two pieces: the top half depicting a lion in high relief formed by repousse, its details chased and punched; the lower half, forming a flat back was soldered to the overhanging sides of the top. The hollow inside has been filled with a bituminous substance which not only supported the high relief but also served as an adhesive to the leather strap inserted into the ornament. Two pins at the open edge held the strap in place.
    The long sides and the arched tip are decorated with projecting trefoils, a pair of split-leaves or palmettes appear over the open edge. The lion, represented in a walking position, is finely detailed. A series of curls decorate the long tail and the mane, which extends to the middle of the back; short strokes designate the fur on the body and circular punches appear on the mustache. The background is covered with overall ring matting.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Islamic Metalwork in the Freer Gallery of Art (September 27, 1985 to November 17, 1986)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Bequest of Joseph Upton
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
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