Hall 10. Trade

Exhibit 3

Women’s glass jewellery was very common in East Slavic cities. The tradition of making glass jewellery came from Byzantium. Glass bracelets of different colours and types (smooth, twisted, ribbed, and tangled with a strap) in Biarescie were imported mainly from Kyiv, where they were produced in large workshops. Multicoloured bracelets, necklaces, and rings contrasted well with the monochromatic clothing of the XII–XIV centuries. The average diameter of the bracelets is 6-11 centimetres, and they were not only a piece of jewellery but also had a functional purpose: they were used as oversleeves to hold back the sleeves of women's clothing, which were quite long at the time. In the second third of the XIII century, glass jewellery almost went out of use. The horde invasion of Kyiv undermined the tradition of their production.
Glass beads and inserts for rings and utensils (cups, glasses) were produced in Kyiv too.