Very nice sterling silver belt buckle made in Siam. This features the niello enamel work so popular with Siam Jewelry, with a seated praying figure in the center. The buckle measures 1-1/4 x 2" and weighs 20 grams. It is signed Sterling, Made In Siam.
FAQ - This jewelry was popular 1930s-1970's. The design was carved into sterling and then filled with an "enamel-like" powder and baked. It was referred to as "Niello" or "Nielloware" The designs feature figures from cultural mythology including Mekkala, the Goddess of Lightning from the Buddhist and Hindu Indian legend, Ramayama. These pieces represent the excellent craftsmanship of the community and continued to be popular sweetheart gifts from soldiers throughout the Viet Nam War. The labeling "Siam" was indicative of earlier items.
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