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Pair of Indian Double-Headed Steel Belt Hooks

Northern India
17th century

heights (without stand): 9.8cm, heights with stands: 13.5cm & 15cm

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Provenance

UK art market

This fine pair of steel belt hooks are double-sided with each flange terminating in a small cast camel or horse’s head. Each has been cast as a single piece.

Almost certainly from Rajasthan in northern India (and possibly from the Deccan), they date to the 17th century.

They would have been worn from the waist (and possibly also could have been attached to the saddle of a horse) to allow daggers and similar items to be suspended from them.

Each has a fine, dark patina.

The zoomorphic finials have some parallels with those on 17th century metal dishes or bowls based on the begging bowls of Muslim ascetics, which also were cast with zoomorphic finials.

Each has a quality, custom-made stand. The stands are of two different heights allowing for a more decorative presentation of this pair.

References

Zebrowski, M., Gold, Silver & Bronze from Mughal India, Alexandria Press, 1997.

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