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Waist clasp

Waist clasp

  • Place of origin:

    turkey (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1899 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver filigree set with a turquoise paste and coral beads

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Elaborate and costly waist clasps were worn by married women with their traditional dress throughout the lands of the former Ottoman Empire, from the north Balkans to the Caucasus. They were usually attached to a cloth belt which the owner made herself.

This clasp was described as possibly Turkish when it was acquired by the Museum in 1905. Neither it nor the domed filigree belt mounts which accompanied it are typical of Turkish belts. It may be a design which has now died out, or it may have come from elsewhere in the region, such as Syria.

Physical description

Silver clasp consisting of two deep domes of open filigree decorated with applied granules and coil rings. One part has a small dome attached at the side covering a loop and there is a corresponding sideways hook attached to the other part. The small central dome has a turquoise paste in the centre and a loop at the bottom, from which hangs a pendant of three quatrefoil chains with coral beads at their ends. There are three loops for attachment on the back of each of the two large domed parts.

Place of Origin

turkey (made)


1800-1899 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver filigree set with a turquoise paste and coral beads

Descriptive line

Silver filigree clasp of two domes with a turquoise paste and chains ending in coral beads, Turkey, 1800-1899.


Silver; Paste; Coral


Jewellery; Metalwork


Middle East Section

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