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  • Place of origin:

    Bulgaria (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-gilt set with blue pastes

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 77, shelf C, box 1

Balkan women used jewellery lavishly with their traditional costume. Much of it was influenced by Ottoman traditions, but the use of diadems dates back to Byzantine times. They were mainly worn at weddings, and the design varies considerably by area. This diadem is typical of those used in the Preslav region of Bulgaria.

It was worn across the front of the forehead, secured at the back of the head with ribbons fastened through the loops at each end. The decoration may represent stylised trees, a symbol of life.

It was bought for 15 shillings at the International Exhibition, London, 1872.

Physical description

Forehead ornament consisting of thirteen hinged plaques with decorative cast pierced tops of alternating pattern, all set with blue pastes. Matching terminal at each end, with ring for attachment.

Place of Origin

Bulgaria (made)


ca. 1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver-gilt set with blue pastes


Length: 34.6 cm, Height: 4.4 cm, Depth: 0.6 cm

Descriptive line

Silver-gilt diadem (prochelnik) set with blue pastes, Preslav (Bulgaria), c.1850.


Silver-gilt; Paste


Gilding; Stone setting

Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Metalwork; Traditional jewellery (Europe)


Metalwork Collection

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