Unusual, adorable and rare best describes this figural belt by Judith Leiber, circa 1980's. I have been doing this for many years and although very familiar with Leiber's belts, this motif is a first for me. It is amazing and so unlike most other Leiber belts. The clasp is two stylized figures, a man and a woman. They appear very robot like, mechanical and automatic. They are done in a bright gold tone which is both shiny and textured. They are highly detailed and sculptural. They are dimensional and have depth. Both are a hoot! The man has "wild" hair and is tight fisted. He has semi precious stones for his eyes, around his collar and at his wrists. The colors of the stones are black and most other colors of the rainbow. The woman is also adorned with semi precious stones and her features are carefully detailed. Both figures took an amazing amount of skill and expertise to produce. Also the artisan had quite a sense of humor. With all the current talk of robots perhaps this Leiber artist was also a soothsayer! In any event, this buckle is quite amazing! Each side of the belt buckle fits into one another. The belt is made of skins of the karung lizard which are dyed black. The belt is adjustable with a maximum width of 34". "Judith Leiber" is inscribed on the back in gold letters. The belt is in great condition. There are a few areas where the top layer is not completely flat against the bottom layer of the belt, but it is noticeable only when looking for it. Mentioned for accuracy. This belt is a rarity among Leiber items. It is whimsical and skillfully created. A must have for any Leiber collector or anyone who digs "robots." Condition: Excellent - VINTAGE Condition
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