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Bracelet

  • Place of origin:

    Cyprus (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver with enamel

  • Museum number:

    1549&A-1888

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 78, shelf B, box 5 []

Cypriot jewellery is a rich mix of oriental design and Greek workmanship. Pilgrims to the Holy Land frequently passed through Cyprus, and the Cypriot goldsmiths absorbed influences from Western Europe as well as Ottoman Turkey. Their work is similar to jewellery from elsewhere in the region, but the quality is often higher. For their finest work they used niello or filigree. The goldsmiths of Cyprus were famous for their filigree, often enriched with blue and green enamels.

Bracelets made from lengths of silver chain, with a filigree clasp secured by a pin, are common throughout the southern Balkans and eastern Mediterranean. They were always worn in pairs, one on each wrist. The delicate blue and green enamel work on the clasps of these is typical of Cypriot enamel. They were bought in 1888, just after a terrible famine, when many people had to sell their family heirlooms.

Physical description

Pair of bracelets consisting of six parallel silver curb chains with the clasp decorated in blue and green coloured enamel in a scroll pattern. Pin fastening.

Place of Origin

Cyprus (made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver with enamel

Dimensions

Length: 20 cm, Width: 2.9 cm, Depth: 0.6 cm

Descriptive line

Pair of silver chain bracelets (vrashiolia) with enamelled clasps, Cyprus, 18th century.

Materials

Enamel; Silver

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Middle East Section

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