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Three Belt Plaques
Southern Russia or Central Asia, 13th century
Gold, repoussé, chased and engraved, granulation
The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, London (JLY 1012, 1836)
cat. 151
© Nour Foundation
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Three Belt Plaques

The exchange of belts and horses was evidently one means of commemorating alliances among the peoples of the Mongolian steppes.

  Three Belt Plaques
These three gold ornaments and the silver plaque all bear images of deer set within dense vegetation, a common decorative theme in the art of the Mongol empire. The motif was possibly introduced through contact with the art or artists of the Chinese Jin dynasty (1115–1234) when it was a standard decoration among officers in the emperor’s entourage.   Three Belt Plaques
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