- Museum number
Bracelet, copper alloy, gilded, an open ended bangle with two horseshoe-shaped side elements with projecting hemispherical bosses ornamented with geometric motifs, the front convex with floral and foliate interlace motifs. Cast in three pieces, the two side elements and the front part, with a backing cut out of sheet and soldered on. The bosses and foliate ornament on the front bear traces of enamel. On the inside, behind the front part, is an engraved head.
- Production date
- 19thC (or earlier ?)
Width: 8.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- For discussion of this type of braclet, see Eu1971,01.309. For other examples, see Eu1971,01.310 and 311, all with simple diagonal lines on the front, not the enamelled foliate ornament as on this example. See also S. Georgieva and D. Boučinski, L’Orfèvrerie Ancienne À Vraca, Sofia 1959, p.113, pl. XIX, no. 1.
For a 17th century pair of this type, with enamel, from the Kopilovtsi treasure in the National Museum, Sofia, see Ivan Sotirov, 'The Chiprovtsi School of Goldmiths', Sofia 1984, no. 109, described as 'koubelii' or cupola-form bracelets.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2011 21 Jan-11 Sep, London, British Museum, Room 2, Traditional Jewellery and Dress from the Balkans
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number