Belt buckle

This gold waisted ogival ‘pending’ (belt buckle) is elaborately decorated with floral motifs and a central medallion of an unknown mythical creature. Various metalwork techniques such as repoussé—in which designs are hammered into sheet metal—engraving and chasing were used to fashion this piece. Peranakan Chinese pending comes in a variety of shapes and styles. For instance, unlike this ogival or eye-shaped pending, Aceh-style pending tended to be quatrefoil.

Date/Period
Late 19th-early 20th centuries
Region
Straits Settlements
Dimension
Object size: 4.5 x 6.4 x 1.7 cm
Accession No.
2002-00752
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Edmond Chin
Category
Gold