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Materials for this article come from Fedorov-Davydov, G.A. The Silk Road and the Cities of the Golden Horde, Zinat Press, Berkeley, Ca, 2001. The book may be ordered directly from Zinat Press - http://www.csen.org/Pubs_Sales_Reviews/Zinat%20Publications.html.
The "Simferopol Treasure" was a large "trove" of items found accidentally in 1967 in Simferopol, Crimea.
The following are three sets of belt plates that formed part of the treasure.
The two following belt sets Fedorov-Davydov calls "Italian style" and believes likely that they were bought from Italian cities. He does not say whether he means Italian cities in the Golden Horde (like, for example Azov in the Crimea) or Italy itself.
Plates are cast gold with engraving and niello. Holes indicate that they were attached with rivets.
Length of "triangular" plates: 2.2 cm
Diameter of round plate: 2 cm
Museum Inventory number: 99264-8
Note that the fastening pin of the buckle is raised. When laying flat, it undoubtedly fits the indent at the center of the buckle ring. Compare the Anatolian buckle photo provided by Steven Baker - "a number of belt plates"
Length of buckle plate: 10.1 cm
Museum Inventory number: 99264-5
Silk Road Designs - http://www.oocities.com/normanjfin/silkroad
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