Seed Pearl, Parcel-Gilt Silver Belt Buckle
Ottoman Turkey, Second half of 18th century
This buckle of red suede attached to silver backing and embroidered with silver and silver-gilt, wire, silk thread, green glass beads and dozens of small pearls all within silver-gilt edging is in two parts each in the shape of a serrated leaf. One half is stamped with an indistinct mark on the reverse, probably a
. The two halves are joined by a hook and ring fastener.
A similar Seed Pearl, Parcel-Gilt Silver Belt Buckle attributed to the latter half of the 18th century and in the Sadberk Hanim Museum (inv. no. 10378) is illustrated in
Istanbul: The City and the Sultan
, a catalogue prepared for an exhibition held at Amsterdam’s Nieuwe Kerk, 2007, p. 116.
Inventory no.: 355