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Collection Online as of February 26, 2024

Belt Buckle

Belt Buckle

Overall: 7.5 x 5.5 cm (2 15/16 x 2 3/16 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

The Japanese antique dealer Yamanaka & Company, which opened its branches in New York (1895) and Boston (1899), sold small Korean archaeological materials such as this belt buckle to American collectors in the early 20th century.


Metallurgy advanced remarkably in the Goryeo period (918-1392), explaining why a large quantity of sophisticated metal artifacts with delicate designs were used not only as daily accessories but also as burial goods. Belt buckles like this one gilded with gold were fixed to leather belts.
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