Greek Hair or Bodice Jewel
A 20th century Greek jewel, possibly a hair adornment. Similar jewels, known as kopitsa are worn by the Karagounides of Thessaly, but other peoples in Imathia and Epirus have similar adornment. This piece is a bit shorter than most kopitsas, but has hooks indicating it attaches to fabric at the ends, though not a central hook, so perhaps it went across the bodice instead of wrapping around a headdress. It has sweet details, from the filigree eagle ends to the central Ottoman coin drop. A vintage, not antique piece, this does not test as having much silver content, and in some places copper is seen under the gilding. An unusual jewel, it would make a great addition to a Greek dress, traditional dance attire or collection. One chain hangs slightly out of sync with the others but would not be noticeable when worn.
Size: 9.25″ x 2.25″ / 23cm x 6cm including dangling elements
Weight: approximately 64 grams