Wedding jewellery

Wedding jewellery
Hungary or Transylvania (?)
Early 17th cent.
Silver gilt, diamond (?), ruby (?), emerald (?), enamel ; H.10,5 cm

Although the heart was considered the seat of human emotions from early times, only since the late Middle Ages has it been used to decorate objects connected with love and marriage. It occupies a central position in this piece of 17th-century wedding jewellery, which includes other typical symbols of marriage such as an anchor, little hands and doves. It probably belongs to a series of ornaments, called 'Betheln-násfas', created on the occasion of the marriage of Gabriel Bethlen, prince of Transylvania, and Catherine of Brandenburg in Kosice (Slovakia) in 1626. Today, it is one of the most remarkable objects in the collection of hearts donated to the museum by the cardiologist Noubar Boyadjian in 1990.

Discover this masterpiece in our Heart Museum, on the online museum catalogue Carmentis  and in the book Masterpieces of the Cinquantenaire Museum.