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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Belt in the form of a long embroidered strip, the surface almost covered in couched silver threads; cut ends; design of three repeating motifs in 18 ogival quadrilobal frames: a) a crested helm with mantling, the crest the upper half of a bear, accompanied by an inscription reading "Branko"; b) a falcon; c) a wyvern with twisted tail; between the frames, a lion's mask, and at the sides, stylised leaves; zig-zag pattern in laid ground; the five frames at the bottom of the strip rather more circular in outline; construction and material from lowest layer upwards: modern lining; support textile of plain linen; quilting threads of undyed cotton following design; base textile of twill weave crimson silk changing to salmon pink tabby weave silk in bottom section; embroidery: six types of couched metal thread: silver gilt wire; silver wire; three strands of flattened silver wire twisted together; single strands of flattened silver wire loosely twisted around a crimson, pea green or light blue silk core; silk thread for surface couching and outlining (split stitch) in navy blue, crimson, pea green, apricot or yellow, white and light blue.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1350 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 1950 millimetres
    • Width: 75 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

        Church Slavonic
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Translation

  • Curator's comments

    Another fragment from the same belt is in Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum, inv. ω 1179.

  • Bibliography

    • Buckton 1994 225 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    2012-2013 Nov-Mar, Bonn, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2004 15 Mar-5 Jul, USA, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Byzantium; Faith and Power

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Formerly in the Ikle Collection, St Gall, Switzerland. Sold at Christie's, South Kensington, 7th Nov. 1989, lot 171.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: The Branko belt


COMPASS Title: The Branko belt

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