Belt buckle and lappet fittings

Historical period(s)
Sasanian period, 7th century
Silver and gilt (buckle) and gold
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 21: Feast Your Eyes: A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork

Buckle and belt ornaments

chasing, flower, gilding, hammering, Iran, repousse, Sasanian period (ca. 224 - 651), WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable

This group of ornamented gold fittings would have covered lappets made of some other material, perhaps wood or leather, worn suspended from a belt.  Several of these lappet fittings, in fact, preserved bits of leather.  Belts of this type are Central Asian in origin and are frequently depicted there in wall paintings and other representations.

Published References
  • Ann C. Gunter, Paul Jett. Ancient Iranian Metalwork in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and Mainz, Germany, 1992. cat. 42, pp. 48, 220-21.
  • et al. Asian Art in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: The Inaugural Gift. Washington, 1987. cat. 26b, p. 56.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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