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Lot 0257
**Originally Listed At $1500**

Near East, Sasanian to Islamic, ca. 3rd to 8th century CE. A trio of cast bronzeworks that together form an exceedingly large belt buckle - one that undoubtedly made quite a statement. The pair of rectangular elements are elaborately decorated in relief, with a central quatrefoil design housing a floral urn, one with a bird in profile peeking out from the curvilinear tendrils. Each corner of the quatrefoil echoes the floral/foliage motif, and a substantive border comprised of linear and dentiled patterns frames the compositions. At the midline of the interior sides is a pronounced floral boss from which a protruding loop emerges, perpendicular in the orientation to these elements. The two pieces are joined by an "S" form decorated with a snakeskin-like texture and a ribbed floral-like boss in the center; the termini of the "S" joiner may represent the heads of snakes or flower buds. The terminals hook through the loops of the rectangular pieces to link the elements. Size: 11.625" W x 4" H (29.5 cm x 10.2 cm); 6.5" H (16.5 cm) on included custom stand.

The Sasanian Empire was a major force in Persia, vying for control with the Romans and later Byzantium. Their bronze and other metalwork was also renowned, and the artistry of this piece is clear. When they were conquered by Islamic forces in the seventh century, their artisans began to work for new rulers and are the reason why Persian themes have a great influence on Islamic art. Truly a remarkable surviving piece, in excellent condition, demonstrating the undeniable artistry of the region.

Provenance: private Houston, Texas, USA collection

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Expected surface wear commensurate with age, but the details are still quite vivid. The front faces of the large rectangular elements were probably cleaned a bit. A few minor casting flaws, but these do not distract from the harmonic composition. Amazing green patina on the front and blue-green patina on the versos.

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Sasanian / Islamic Bronze Buckle - Floral & Bird Motifs

Estimate $2,200 - $3,300Oct 17
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Louisville, CO, USA