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Belt buckle

Unknownlate 19th century

Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

The buckle consists of two palmette-shaped mother-of- pearl discs featuring two incised effigies of saints. Belt clasps were an important part of the bride’s costume in northern Bulgaria. They not only served for decoration, but also assumed the function of pre-Christian amulets and were meant to protect their wearer from ghosts and the ‘evil eye’.

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  • Title: Belt buckle
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: late 19th century
  • Location: Trajan, Bulgaria
  • Physical Dimensions: w21 x h10 x d3 cm
  • Type: Object
  • Medium: copper, silver­plated, mother­of­pearl, glass
  • Inv.-No.: II B 4063 a–b
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-018719
  • External Link: Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyright: Text: © Koehler & Amelang Verlag in der Seemann Henschel GmbH & Co. KG / Museum Euopäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / und die Autoren Photo: © Museum Euopäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Ute Franz-Scarciglia

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