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The most interesting belts, from my viewpoint, are the Syrian and Mamluk belts. They are a century apart yet show a large number of similarities.
For the Mamluk belt, according to Nicolle, there are two discs with holes, 10 other discs, and 8 vertical stiffeners along with a buckle plate and a strap end. According to Mayer however there are 41 discs some of which have holes for the tongue of the belt buckle and 19 vertical stiffeners. Which, if both are accurate, may mean that some pieces have gone missing during the 47 years between Mayer and Nicolle. Alternatively it could be that Mayer saw all these pieces as one belt and now they are seen as part of several belts and so the collection has been split. It would be interesting to find out which is the case.
I decided that since I had two belts that were very similar I should base my reconstruction on them. One thing to remember with these reconstruction's is that they are my best guess work. You can add more straps and reduce the waist size or reduce the number of straps and increase the waist size. All I can say is from the available evidence these are the most likely reconstructions.
The plate pattern shown is based on the details shown in the photograph in L.A.Mayer's Mamluk Costume and Supplemented by David Nicholle's comments and drawings.
There are two sets of assumptions I will be using. The first will be that the disc width is 25mm (1"), the width of the stiffener is 10mm (0.4"). This will make the length of the buckle and plate 109mm (4.3") and the strapend about 81mm (3.25"). The second will be that the disc width is 30mm (1.25"), the stiffener is 12mm (0.5"), the buckle and plate is 129mm (5.2") and the strapend is 100mm (4"). In both cases I assumed that there was a 5mm (0.2") gap between the pieces.
This is a restructured and reorganised version of the information on Steppes Nomad Belt fittings presented at Steven Baker's Steppes Nomad Resource Site - http://www.oocities.com/qilich.
Silk Road Designs - http://www.oocities.com/normanjfin/silkroad
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