- Museum number
Belt clasp, copper alloy, in two leaf-shaped parts with repoussé decoration of a bird surrounded by floral wreath. Hook and eye fastening, hidden beneath a central cast lozenge-shaped plaque with applied beading, from which hangs a double chain. Two vertical bars at rear for attachment of fabric belt. The white surface is probably plating.
- Production date
Height: 6.20 centimetres (each)
Length: 10.50 centimetres (a))
Length: 9.50 centimetres (b))
Width: 17.30 centimetres
Depth: 1.20 centimetres (each)
- Curator's comments
- For a closely similar clasp from Panagyurishte, with birds within a floral border of almost the same design, see S.Blagoeva, 'Old Goldsmith Craft of Panagyurishte', Sofia 1999, pl.61, descibed as a bride's clasp 'kalem krivi choprazi', mid 19th-century. See also D. Drumev, 'Héritage Artistique Bulgare: Orfèvrerie', Sofia 1976, p. 403, no. 352.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2011 21 Jan-11 Sep, London, British Museum, Room 2, Traditional Jewellery and Dress from the Balkans
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased by donor in 1950s and 1960s.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number