The mirror of time: Female beauty through the ages. Catalogue of the exhibition
Mariya Reho, Petya Andreeva, Nataliya Ivanova et al. Language: EnglishBulgarian (bilingual)


   The catalogue presents artefacts related to the female costume and beauty care  jewels, hair accessories and toiletries from the Antiquity to the Late Middle Ages. Images of women on ceramic and metal vessels, as well as on frescoes form Thracian tombs and medieval churches, present the female portrait with the characteristic costume and accessories.


   “Beauty will save the world“, “Beauty is a woman's most important quality“ are both expressions dismissed by many as cliches or even as offensive for the fairer sex. The women's genetic desire to be attractive is, however, an undeniable fact. Not surprisingly, the authors of the present exhibition are all women. This is probably why they tell in such a fascinating way and with competence about the clothing, jewels and cosmetics of the Thracian and medieval Bulgarian women, as well as about the impact of Greek, Roman and Byzantine fashion.
Over 170 selected objects of gold, silver, bronze, glass, bone, marble, alabaster, clay, and cork illustrate the rich history of costume on the Bulgarian lands for more than 2 500 years (from the 8th century BC till the 18th century). 
   The mirror of time reflects the Thracian tattoos and our grandmothers piercing as much as the contemporary sense of aesthetics. I hope that the female visitors and readers of this exhibition would like themselves even better after this journey through time.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lyudmil Vagalinski,
director of National Archaeological Institute with Museum
Table of contents

The Female Fashion in Thrace: Local Traditions and the Impact of Greece

The Female Costume from the Early Iron Age

Garment and Jewelry of the Thracian Lady from the Western Rhodopes

Local Traditions and the Hellenic Fashion

Peplos, Chiton and Himation: Female  Clothing in Classical Greece

The Aristocratic Ladies’ Jewelry in Thrace in 5th1st c. BC

Beauty Care

Today as in the Past: Tattoos of the Thracian Women

The Impact of Rome

Female Beauty in Ancient Rome

Tunica, Stola and Palla: The New Fashion of Rome

The Lady and Her Maids in the Frescoes of Silistra Tomb

The Jewelry  Luxury, Prestige and the Women’s “Best Friend”

Jewels from Graves of Noble Women in Thrace and Moesia: Kitova Tumulus, Raykova Tumulus, Necropolis of Durostorum

The Empresses and the Power of Fashion

The Empresses and the Art of the Roman Coiffure

The Secrets of Beauty

Today as in the Past. Behind the Name: The Looks of Women in their Nickmanes

The Female Beauty and Elegance in the Middle Ages

Traditions and Changes in Aesthetic Notions

Decorations Found in Female Graves from the Early Middle Age

The Aristocratic Garments after 11th c.

The Noble Desislava

The Jewels  More and Colorful

Sofia Noblewoman from the 15th Century

Travelers from the 15th18th c. Describe the Bulgarian Woman

Jewelry and Decorations for Clothing in the 15th18th c.

Today as in the Past: Piercing


Огледало на времето: женската красота през вековете

Publisher National institute of archaeology with museum (Bulgarian academy of sciences)
Language Bulgarian, English
Pages 172
Illustrations b/w and color figures
Binding paperback
ISBN 978-954-9472-44-8
Creation date 2016
Size 16 х 24 cm

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