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Silver & Gilded Silver Braided Silver Wire Belt (Kamarpatti)
Maharashtra or Andhra Pradesh, India
19th century

length: 81cm, height of bezel: 6cm, weight: 332g

This fine belt of three cords or plaited or braided silver mesh and an elaborate buckle is made entirely of silver with the addition of chased and repoussed
plaques of gilded (gold-plated) silver to provide a pleasing and unusual contrast between the silver and the gold.

The gold accents over the buckle comprise three protective
kurtimukha masks.

The belt opens with a screw mechanism.

A belt of related construction but without the gold highlights is illustrated in Untracht (1997, p. 245).

The belt here is in fine condition. It has a soft patina and obvious age.

References:
Untracht, O.,
Traditional Jewelry of India, Thames & Hudson, 1997.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 4041

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