Bridal belt, Southern Russia, 1701-1900

Made:
1701-1900 in Russia
maker:
Unknown

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Cornelian-studded bridal belt intended to promote fecundity, from Southern Russia, 1701-1900

Exchanging bridal belts such as this is an old tradition. They are associated with the Jewish religion. They were often given on the eve of a wedding because they were believed to promote fertility. Bridal belts could be expensive so they were sometimes borrowed for the day. The belts of the bride and groom were tied together during the wedding ceremony.

This heavy belt is studded with three rows of orange Cornelian. Thirteen stones are in each row. Cornelian is a semi-precious gemstone. It is meant to have healing properties. The rear of the belt is riveted with pierced brass plates.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A630783
Materials:
belt, leather, decoration, brass and decoration, cornelian
Measurements:
opened: 60 mm x 470 mm x 275 mm, 1.48 kg
type:
belt
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • furnishing and equipment

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