Old Trinkets from Bulgaria
April 6, 2017
Traditional Bulgarian jewelry is on show at the State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw, taking audiences on a trip through the centuries-long history of jewelry-making in that country.
Entitled Treasures from Old Trunks, the new exhibition comprises bracelets, rings, necklaces and other trinkets from the collection of the Regional Ethnographic Museum in Plovdiv, central Bulgaria.
Centuries ago, lavish decorative items had a twofold function in Bulgaria. In addition to highlighting their wearersí beauty and status as wealthy people, jewelry was believed to possess magical powers that protected its owners from sickness and poverty. Old jewelry from Bulgaria boasts an exceptionally wide variety of shapes, techniques and materials ranging from gold and silver to precious stones and mother-of-pearl. Local jewelers liked to combine several different kinds of materials to produce some truly unique items. The most spectacular artifacts on show in Warsaw include filigree leaves, flowers and rosettes made of interlaced golden and silver threads.
Until April 30
State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw
1 Kredytowa St.
tel. 22 827-76-41 to 46