Hegira 4th century / AD 10th century
Belt elements, gold
Height 5.5 cmLength 27 cm
Iraq, said to have come from Samarra
Composed of a central rosette, eight bars and two finials, these belt elements are decorated with domes and granulation designs. Several features compare with Iranian pieces including the box construction and the minute granulation covering completely most of the domes. An early date is supported by the conspicuous absence of openwork filigree used in Fatimid jewellery. Similar belt elements were found in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon, in a hoard of Mamluk and other later jewellery.
"Belt elements" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;gr;Mus21;9;en&id=gold_and_silver
MWNF Working Number: GR 09