Belt and buckle

The belt is padded fabric and heavily embroidered with gold thread and pieces of mirror fragment. It is attached to a ‘pending’, a buckle, which was worn by men and women to fasten a belt. 'Pending' was made in various shapes with the ogival shape being the most popular. They were mostly decorated with floral and vegetal motifs. Gold ‘pending’, richly decorated in repoussé work and valuable gemstones were worn by the nobility or high-ranking individuals.Various metalworking techniques were used to produce a variety of aesthetic effects on metal objects as demonstrated in this ‘pending’. These techniques include repoussé, chasing, niello, wire filigree and faceted granulation.

Late 19th-early 20th century
Minangkabau, Western Sumatra
Object size: 001: L104.0 x W16.5 cm, Object size: 002: L29.0 x W12.5 cm
Accession No.
Cotton, silk, gold wrapped thread, mirror fragments, gold, copper alloy
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum