Necklace Formed of Fifteen Dress Ornaments
- probably Transylvania , possibly South Germany
- probably Transylvanian, possibly South Germany
- Gold, enamel, ruby and pearls.
- L. 45 cm.
- Jewelry, Precious Metals and Precious Stones
- Credit Line:
- Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
- Accession Number:
This necklace was assembled, probably in the nineteenth century, from fifteen clothing ornaments dating to the early seventeenth century. The prevalence of these ornaments, called boglar, in sixteenth and seventeenth-century inventories of Hungarian women, suggests that they were relatively inexpensive, a theory supported by the minimal use of precious metal. The jewels were frequently marked on the back, presumably by the maker, with initials; in the case of the present work, “GK” and “HB”.