Incredible belt buckle with chased Malay floral motifs on a niello ground. Three layers of ogival form with jagged edges and pointed sides. Several bands of geometric designs, line work and floral motifs ornament this piece. The centre is of plain silver with a central niello dot.The back has a looped carrier which allows a belt to pass through.
Niello belt buckles were worn with textile belts on ceremonial occasions. The size, material and intricacy of the buckle’s design signalled the status of the wearer.
For comparison, similar belt buckles can be seen in the Power House Museum (39A 8.1.2007).
Has an original museum collection writing inventory information.
Silver Weight: 160 Grams
Mounted on custom Iron Stand.
Size: 9″ L x 4.75″ H (8.5″ H on stand)