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Belt and hanger

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (south, made)

  • Date:

    1650 - 1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, cast and pierced

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by May Morris

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 29, shelf D, box 9

This is a traditional marriage belt made in South Germany in the late Seventeenth or early Eighteenth Century. Such items became fashionable in artistic circles during the second half of the Nineteenth Century: unusual hand-made pieces of folk jewellery were considered by many to have a greater spontaneity and interest compared with the precision and repetitiveness of conventional machine-made jewellery. Rossetti encouraged this trend with the jewellery he included in his paintings.

Jane Morris, known as Janey, was the wife of the artist, designer and socialist William Morris. She was often painted by the artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and in his painting Astarte Syriaca, of 1877, she is wearing this girdle.

Some of Jane Morris's jewels were bequeathed to the V&A by her daughter May in 1938, including this girdle.

Physical description

A silver girdle, composed of twenty-nine links decorated with floral ornament, a circular buckle and an attachment with three suspension loops.

Place of Origin

Germany (south, made)


1650 - 1750 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver, cast and pierced


Length: 104.1 cm, Width: 2.5 cm, Height: 36.5 cm, Depth: 2.1 cm, Diameter: 5.3 cm of buckle

Object history note

The belt was worn by Janey Morris in Dante Gabriel Rossetti's painting Astarte Syriaca (1877).

Descriptive line

Silver belt and hanger, made in the late 17th or early 18th Century, South Germany.




Cast; Pierced

Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Accessories; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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