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tri-partite belt buckle
  • Lambert Homer, artist
    active: United States
    Dan Simplicio, artist
    1917–1969, active 1920s–1950s
    active: United States
  • tri-partite belt buckle, 1960
  • Where object was made: New Mexico, United States
  • sterling silver, jet, coral, shell, turquoise
  • Object Length/Width: overall 26.5 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width: overall 10 3/8 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1482.a,b,c

This is a three part silver belt buckle. A figure representing a plumed serpent is depicted in the central rectangular piece, inlaid with shell, jet, turquoise, and coral. He has a long snout with teeth, a snake-like body and stylized feathers. (2007.1482.a )

The trapezoidal piece on the wearer's right has a bent arrow, stepped lines, and a turquoise sun with incised rays and semicircles. (2007.1482.c)

The trapezoidal piece on the wearer's left has a horn shape with jet lines at the larger end and coral semicircles on the larger side. There is a bar of turquoise, jet, and shell on the short side, and a lightning bolt on the long side.