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Kurdish Silver Buckle

Northern Iraq
early 20th century

length: 25.5cm, width : 12cm, weight: 519g

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Provenance

UK art market

This buckle from the Kurds of northern Iraq, is of very high-grade silver and comprises two symmetrical halves of Ottoman-inspired boteh shape, with the clasp hidden beneath a high, domed roundel.

The two halves are decorated with intricate silver applique and granulation work around boteh-shaped central plaques inset with turquoise-glass and coral-glass cabochons in silver box settings.

The central dome over the clasp also is decorated with turquoise-glass cabochons.

Important and expensive buckles such as this example would have been reserved for important life-cycle festivities such as those associated with weddings.

A similar buckle is illustrated in Al-Jadir (1981, p. 130). Another is illustrated in Seiwert (20089, p. 284).

The buckle is in excellent condition.

References

Al-Jadir, S., Arab & Islamic Silver, Stacey International, 1981.

Seiwert, W.D., Jewellery from the Orient: Treasures from the Bir Collection, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2009.

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