Highly decorative belt buckles such as this one, designed with filigree motifs and sometimes enriched with enamel and semi-precious stones, formed part of the fashionable Ottoman woman's costume in the eighteenth/nineteenth century. A variety of models existed, the present example most probably from Greece, as confirmed by a handwritten note originally with the object mentioning "Mifrolunghi" (Missolonghi in Greece). For comparable examples, see Couleurs d'orient, Arts et arts de vivre dans l'Empire ottoman, exh. cat. Villa Empain, Brussels, 18 November 2010 - 27 February 2011, pp.72-3.