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Uzbek people Baby's belt 1910-50 Place made: Uzbekistan
Materials & Technique: textiles, silk, cotton, local cotton cloth, metal ornaments, metal beads, glass beads, ceramic beads, plastic buttons, factory printed cotton lining; silk, cotton, metal ornaments, beads, buttons, printed cotton lining; fringing, embroidery: cross stitch, cross stitch ribbing, running stitch
Dimensions: band 5.6 h x 58.0 w cm fringe 10.0 h cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1985
Accession No: NGA 85.305

Worn to hold robes closed, belts are an important functional aspect of costume, as well as status symbols. This elaborately decorated baby’s belt features cross-stitch embroidery of rams’ heads or horns – a motif associated with protection.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label