Friday, July 12, 2013

Mastery of Design: A Hungarian Headband, mid to late Thirteenth Century

Fragment of a Headband
Thirteenth Century
Images Courtesy of The British Museum

While just a fragment now, once this headband would have adorned the brow of a wealthy Hungarian lady of the mid to late Thirteenth Century.  What remains is the frontmost piece of the band.  Two smaller sections would have flanked this and, from these, a ribbon would have been attached to tie at the back of the wearer's head.

Set in gold, cabochon rubies, sapphires and emeralds are joined by seed pearls, making a regal statement against the elegant filigree-work.

The fragment is now housed in The British Museum.

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