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Malaysia 'Belt buckle' 18th-19th century, gold, precious stones, Department of Museums and Antiquities, Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

Belt buckle, 18th–19th century
gold, precious stones

Department of Museums and Antiquities, Kuala Lumpur

 

Elaborate belt buckles, known as pending, were worn on ceremonial occasions. The richness of this jewel-encrusted buckle suggests it belonged to a member of a royal family. The size and intricacy of pending were indicators of the status of the wearer.