- Museum number
Belt clasp, nickel silver (?), in two parts, each in the form of a 'boteh' or curved palm leaf, cast, with an applied pierced, repoussé and chased upper layer with a peacock amongst scrolling foliage; the fittings cast and soldered on, the central openwork boss of filigree and cannetille on a cast base. At the back two copper alloy bars on each half for attachment to fabric.
- Production date
Height: 8.50 centimetres (each disc)
Length: 24 centimetres (total, assembled)
- Curator's comments
- For a clasp with similar border motifs, see D. Drumev, 'Héritage Artistique Bulgare: Orfèvrerie', Sofia 1976, p. 372. For a clasp with similar applied openwork over a plain base and the same border motif, see S. Blagoeva, 'Bulgarian Folk Jewellery', Sofia nd, p. 21 (below), a clasp from Vraza, 19th century. Blagoeva has subsequently noted that the central filigree boss is characteristic of Karlovo, the most likely production place, while the crescent motif in the border is more typical of Plovdiv (8.7.2011).
- On display (G43/dc13)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchase funded through British Museum Friends.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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