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Belt

  • Place of origin:

    Dalmatia (made)

  • Date:

    1850-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver set with cornelians and brownish-grey chalcedony

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Carew

  • Museum number:

    M.280-1921

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 77, shelf D, box 1

In the 19th century Dalmatia was a province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is a region on the eastern coast of the Adriatic, situated mostly in modern Croatia and spreading between the island of Rab in the north west and the bay of Kotor in Montenegro in the south east. The traditional jewellery shows traces of the many cultures which influenced the region, particularly Italy and the Ottoman Empire.

Dalmatian goldsmiths were famous throughout the Balkans for their fine work. They lived in cities such as Dubrovnik, and specialised in gilding and filigree. Further inland the jewellery is much heavier, and often uses flat-cut local carnelians, like this belt for a woman.

Physical description

Belt of three chains, each consisting of seventeen oval cornelians set in silver and linked to each other by chain. The three-part clasp has a large lozenge-shaped central section made from twenty-five rectangular flat-cut cornelians in beaded mounts, with a silver disc at each side, attached to the central part by hinges. One of the discs is a slot fastening for the belt.

Place of Origin

Dalmatia (made)

Date

1850-1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver set with cornelians and brownish-grey chalcedony

Dimensions

Length: 84.9 cm, Width: 6.6 cm, Depth: 1.2 cm

Descriptive line

Silver belt set with flat-cut cornelians, Dalmatia (Croatia), 19th century.

Production Note

Worn by women

Materials

Silver; Cornelian; Chalcedony

Techniques

Stone setting

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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