6866

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    Superb Bukharan Gilded Silver, Niello & Filigree Waist Buckle

    Bukhara, Uzbekistan
    19th century

    length along the inner curve: 31.7cm, width: 4.1cm, weight: 319g

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    Provenance

    UK art Market

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    This buckle from Bukhara in Central Asia is among the more spectacular examples of its type that we have seen. It is of high-grade silver, covered in fine silver filigree, and entirely gilded (gold plated). There are seven applied filigree plaques of various sizes each of which is inset with a blue-coloured bead.

    The buckle is curved to fit the curve of the waist. It has a pin closure with the two pins joined by double gilded silver chains and a crescent-shaped plaque decorated with niello and with three suspended tear-shaped drops.

    A similar but less elaborate example is illustrated in Leurquin (2004, p. 131).

    Blue was a favoured colour in Bukhara, used in the tiles on the domes of mosques, the jewellery worn by the local women, and so on.

    The buckle here is in excellent condition.

    References

    Leurquin, A., A World of Belts: Africa, Asia, Oceania, America from the Ghysels Collection, Skira, 2004.

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