The exhibition ‘Adornments from the past: Belt buckles and jewels from the collections of MNAR’ opened yesterday at the National Art Museum of Romania, Agerpres reports. The exhibition, hosted by the Rotonda of the Auditorium Hall of the museum until 27 April 2014, presents to the public a selection of approximately 80 exhibits belonging to the patrimony of MNAR, dating from the 18-19th centuries. It features silver items, some covered with gold, crafted using various techniques – casting, hammering, filigree – by Greek, Bulgarian, Cypriot, Turkish and Romanian artisans. The buckles are decorated with nacre, pearls, coral, tinted glass, encased gemstones, or polychrome enamel. Most items were crafted by simultaneously using several methods of manufacturing and adorning, in order to provide rhythmicity to the decorative buckles. Belt buckles have become an usual clothing item in the Romanian Principalities during the era of Fanariot rulers, characterised by an increased influence of Greek culture.