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Antique Chinese Silver Belt Buckle (pending /pinding), Chinese Straits – Circa 1900

Product Description

This Peranakan silver pending or belt buckle is of concave scalloped form with repousse and chased flowers, sea creatures, figures and auspicious mythical creatures. As is typical with Straits silver, elements of two cultures are fused within the design; the buckle is of typical Malay form but the ornamentation is Chinese. A similar buckle is illustrated in Roth (Fig. 110 page 216). The form of the buckle resembles the shape of an eye and the three areas of decoration, separated by beaded borders, suggest the pupil, iris and white. These buckles were often gilded.

The silversmith has created relief depictions of flowers and animals. To the ‘white’ or outer area are floral representations of paeonies, mythical lions and phoenixes to either end, separated by a border of flowers to the top and a parade of sea creatures to the bottom.  The ‘iris’ or outer ring, contains four Chinese figures in Chinese dress, interspersed by flowers and the ‘pupil’ or central medallion contains two coiled dragons.

Belt buckles were worn by all Peranakan men and women as part of their traditional dress until western style clothing arrived with the British in 1910-1920.  A silver bar on the back of the buckle allowed a sash to be threaded through, securing the buckle to the waist. Peranakans were unique amongst the many Chinese  immigrants in Malaysia. Whilst other Chinese remained very loyal to their Chinese roots, customs and beliefs, the Peranakans chose to adopt many Malay customs and practices, including their elaborate wedding ceremonies.

Provenance:         UK art market

Size:                         Height:  10 cms, Width:  14 cms  

Weight:                   72 grammes

References:

Raimy Che-Ross, Malay Silverware, pages 68-83, Arts of Asia, Volume 42, Issue 1, Jan-Feb 2012,

H Ling Roth, Oriental Silverwork Malay and Chinese, Truslove & Hanson Ltd, London 1910

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