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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.
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.