headdress (ceremonial artefacts & rank insignia)

Woman's beaded headdress, probably for a bride, with coins and metal plates, from Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Circular sides and flat round top are made of card covered on the outside with maroon felt. Stretched over this are three bands of fabric, the lower one pink, the middle yellow and the upper band blue. Over this an elaborate decoration of white blue and red beads, sequins and artificial gemstones, mostly formed into the shapes of schematic flowers, and some coins. At the front of the hat is an additional semicircular vertical peak decorated in beadwork. To either side at the front hang swatches of fabric: green, white, purple and yellow, with one length of cream trim each side embellised with sequins. The top of the hat is covered with a metal disc with embossed patterning.Coins on chains are suspended to eother side of the front of the hat from the top. Many starnds of black cord are affixed to the top of the hat at the back, emerging from beneath the fabric bands which cover the sides to hang down at the back like hair.

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