About the treasure of Preslav and the insignia and the adornments of the noblest Bulgarian aristocrats during the Middle Ages
There is a lack of information about the attire of the Bulgarian aristocrats, but it seems that with the enthroning of Maria-Irina in the year 927 they followed the fashion, set by Constantinople. The adornments from the treasure of Preslav prove it. They were made from gold and were jeweled with pearls and enamels, that have direct analogies with the ornaments of the noblest Byzantine women /the wives of the Caesar, of the sebastocrator and of the patricians/ from VI to XIV century.
A diadem, a necklace, ear pieces, medallions and an encolpion from the Preslav treasure
The scene "Ascension Day of Alexander of Macedonia", which is an allegorical image of the emperors of the Macedonian monarchy, depicted upon the central plate of the diadem, suggests die plate was sent by some Macedonian emperor /perhaps Rouman I/ to the noblest lady in the Preslav palace /the daughter of Peter I or of Boris II/.
In the age of the Second Bulgarian kingdom the noblest Bulgarian women, the wives of the sebastocrators and of the despots, as well as the princesses wore obviously the same attire and adornments as the wives of the highly ranking Byzantine and Serbian dignitaries. This is proven by the portraits of Dessisslava, the wife of the sebastocrator, in the church of Boyana, of Anna, the wife of a despot, in the church near Dolna Kamenitza, of the daughters of Ivan Alexander in the Gospel of London etc.
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Insignia and attire of the Bulgarian high ranking dignitaries in the Middle Ages