Belt ornament, Tibet.

A belt ornament from Tibet. With an openwork brass buckle and four strands of beautifully matched cowrie shells with big blue glass beads, this surely conveyed protection as well as prestige on its wearer. Early 20th century.

Materials: Brass, aluminum, leather, cowrie shells and glass beads. Condition: wear and use. Total length 60 cm/ 23.6 inch. Buckle approx. 11,8 cm/ 4.6 inch across.