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Waist belt mid-nineteenth century or earlier

Gold, diamonds, emeralds and rubies | 6.9 x 26.5 cm (whole object) | RCIN 61971

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A hinged waist belt made of a gold framework inlaid with diamonds, rubies and emeralds. The inner rim of the belt is engraved with patterns of lotuses and peacocks. The front of the belt imitates a buckle, where a small hook that actually holds the two halves of the belt together is concealed. Belts of this type would be worn by women in India, in particular South India.