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Belt clasp, copper alloy, in the form of two convex discs, repoussé and chased with swirling gadroons and foliate motif, one half with hook, the other with central cast element to cover the fastening; both halves with bar at the back for attachment to fabric.
- Production date
Diameter: 11.50 centimetres (discs)
Length: 29 centimetres (total, buckle assembled)
- Curator's comments
- Eth. Doc. 1872: Similar in style to buckles that would be worn with the complete costume said to be from Krushovo (now in the FYRM) by Bulgarians who were unwilling to continue living in their native town under Serbian rule, and who therefore emigrated to Bulgaria (information from donor).
Information supplementary to Eth Doc:
For a similar clasp with diagonal gadroons made in Karlovo, central Bulgaria, see S. Blagoeva, 'Bulgarian buckles and belts', Sofia nd, p. 19 (top). Blagoeva has subsequently confirmed that this clasp is most likely to be from Krushevo, which was part of Bulgaria till the late 19th century; the similarity with clasps from Karlovo is probably because a number of people from the Bulgarian south-west settled in Krushevo in the 19th century. Similar influences in goldsmiths' work are to be seen in Panagyurishte, a neighbouring goldsmithing centre to Karlovo. (email communication from Snezhana Blagoeva 13 Feb 2012).
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- The items in this collection (Eu1995,03.1 to 90) were primarily collected during periods of residence by the donor in Bulgaria between 1963 and 1989.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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