- Museum number
Bracelet, silver alloy, a plaited band with pin and hinge fastening, the hinge concealed by an oblong cast plaque, flanked by a two cast semi-circular plaques with chased ornament.
- Production date
Diameter: 5.50 centimetres
Height: 3 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- For a similar plaited bracelet, see M. Veleva and S. Blagoeva, 'Bulgarian National Costumes and Folk Jewellery, Sofia 1983, p. 164, fig. 104, described as from south Bulgaria, and p. 155, where it is noted that bracelets of this type made before the National Revival period are usually ornamented with stylized foliate ornament on the semi-circular plaques. See for example D. Drumev, 'Héritage Artistique Bulgare: Orfèvrerie', Sofia 1976, pp. 459-60, nos. 475-8. They were generally worn in pairs, one on each wrist.
The use of complex plaited silver bands dates from the 17th century, for example the necklace from the 17th century Glavanovtsi treasure, in the National Archaeological Museum, Sofia, see Ivan Sotirov, 'The Chiprovtsi School of Goldmiths', Sofia 1984, plate 99.
- 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
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