Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Belt

Date:
19th century
Culture:
probably Eastern European
Medium:
wool, glass, metal
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Henry DuPont, 1932
Accession Number:
2009.300.2327
Not on view
This belt contains a number of interesting elements that suggest the wearer's status: intricately patterned handspun wool; variation in shapes and sizes of beads, which indicates that they are handmade; chain as trim and eye-catching bright blue beads. The inclusion of minute green beads in two small areas of the appliqué most likely has some symbolic meaning. It is important to note that while this object is identified as being from Yugoslavia, that entity did not exist until after World War I--first as the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, then, after 1929, as Yugoslavia (“land of south Slavs"). The belt was given to the collection in 1932 by Henry F. DuPont, who had an important folk costume collection, when the countries in that Balkan region were known under that name.
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