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Aristotle never dreamed of wearing anything like it, but Rembrandt had to put it there to balance out the composition. What is that glittering thing, with some kind of medallion/pendant hanging from it halfway from Aristotle's left hand to Homer's head?

  • Are you sure it's not splitting halfway (rather than being a medallion) and passing around his waist? – KillingTime Nov 24 '15 at 9:09
  • @KillingTime: No, I'm not. – Ricky Nov 24 '15 at 9:16

It's a jeweled belt.

belt: a flexible band, as of leather or cloth, worn around the waist or over a shoulder to support clothing, secure tools or weapons, or serve as decoration. AHD

Aristotle, world-weary, looks at the bust of blind, humble Homer, on which he rests one of his hands. This has variously been interpreted as the man of sound, methodical science deferring to Art, or as the wealthy and famous philosopher, wearing the jeweled belt given to him by Alexander the Great, envying the life of the poor blind bard. It has also been suggested that this is Rembrandt's commentary on the power of portraiture. Wikipedia

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