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Necklance Formed of Eight Dress Ornaments with Eight Links

Probably Transylvania , or possibly South German or Vienna
ca. 1600 (with 19th century additions)
probably Transylvanian, possibly South German or Vienna
Gold, enamel, rubies, pearls
L. 42 cm
Jewelry, Precious Metals and Precious Stones
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 951
This necklace was assembled, probably in the nineteenth century, from eight 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 example, “AVB.”
Baron Salomon de Rothschild, Paris; [Jacques Helft, Paris].
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