Clasp (poukla), front (above) and back (below)

Clasp (poukla), front (above) and back (below)

Clasp (poukla)
Front (above) and back (below)
Maker unknown
Cyprus
18th century
Silver-gilt comma-shaped belt clasp (poukla) with enamel and pastes
Width 26.5 cm
Museum no. 1525&A-1888
© Victoria & Albert Museum, London

This two-part comma-shaped belt clasp is decorated with predominately green polychromatic enamels riveted to the base and is inset with red and green coloured glass.  The outer border of the enamel is in foliate scrolls, with an inner circle of six-petal rosettes and a central boss enhanced with seed pearls and a single clear paste.