What is This? A Belt or Other BUCKLE? Thank you!

Discussion in 'Metalware' started by Studio Antiques, Jul 19, 2018.

  1. Studio Antiques

    Studio Antiques Well-Known Member

    This item looks like it may be from India. Brass. Cow?

    Measures 5-1/4” long x 4-1/4” deep. Figure is about 2-1-2” high. Openings of large holes are roughly 1/2” in diameter.

    WHAT IS IT? Thank you for your help and opinions!

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  2. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Brahma bull?

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  3. Studio Antiques

    Studio Antiques Well-Known Member

    Bull buckle?
     
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  4. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Door knocker?
     
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  5. Studio Antiques

    Studio Antiques Well-Known Member

    There is no plate to knock tho
     
  6. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    There might not have been one, or it might be missing. It sure looks like the bull was meant to be a handle.
     
  7. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    This was made in a part of the world where they never needed doorknockers or belt buckles.:)
    It is typical Dhokra art, from NE India. The Dhokra Dammar are a nomadic tribe.
    The bull is Nandi, the mount of Hindu deity Shiva, who could be the figure on top. The other animals probably refer to Shiva in his aspect of Pashupati, Lord of the Animals, very important to nomadic people.

    I have never seen a piece like this before, Dhokra art is not really my field of interest. So this is just a guess, but it could have been part of a decoration as a blessing on the forehead of a bull.
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2018
  8. i need help

    i need help Fka-Huntingtreasure

    30B248FA-E7F0-4923-B6E8-7BB65F86A504.jpeg Wow, Any!
    And that’s no Bull!
    This is not exact.
     
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  9. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    :cool:
    Lucky guess.:) Knowing a bit of Asian cultures helped to picture it in my mind, and I just thought it would fit.
     
  10. Studio Antiques

    Studio Antiques Well-Known Member

    WOW @Any Jewelry ! What a perfect answer! You hit the bull on the head I think! AWESOME Your I for is GREATLY appreciated!!
     
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  11. Studio Antiques

    Studio Antiques Well-Known Member

    PERFECT!
     
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  12. aaroncab

    aaroncab Well burnt ember.

    Bully for you!
     
  13. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Should have known Any would know this one!
     
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  14. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    :shy::)
     
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