Buckle, 19th century

3 November 2011

Dimensions: diameter: 10 cm.

The Vatopaidi Monastery possesses a number of fine embroidered buckles. The one described here is an imitation of a metal buckle. It consists of two disks with a heart on their circumference, which is in a chain-like curve. The whole of it is supported on a metal frame. It is fastened with a clasp which fits a small roll of fine metal wires. Each disc is filled with two fans, embroidered in the kombovelonia stitch on black velvet. Round settings of canetille have been formed for the white stones and three-forked ‘tongues’ for the ‘coral’.