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Straits Chinese Gilded Silver Repoussed Belt Buckle
Straits Settlements, Malaysia/Singapore
late 19th-early 20th century
length: 11cm, width: 8.6cm
This repoussed silver buckle of scalloped ogival form is decorated a central deer figure, Daoist symbols, fish and peony flowers.
It was made for a Straits Chinese or baba-nonya (peranakan) client, probably for use in conjunction with a wedding.
The Straits Chinese were the localised Chinese of Malacca, Penang and Singapore.
There is no maker's mark, although it would have been made locally. The reverse is fitted with a thick, gilded silver belt hook.
There are no losses or dents. It has no been over-cleaned and so there remains some tarnishing.
Provenance: UK art market
Inventory no.: 5141
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