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BLING – Decoration and clothing in the Middle Ages

On Wednesday 13 May, the exhibition BLING opened at Bryggens Museum – about jewellery and other things in the Middle Ages. BLING is a result of collaboration among Bergen City Museum, Bergen Museum, and other specialist communities on the Middle Ages, designers, and students in upper secondary schools.

Bling refers to resplendent jewellery and accessories worn to signal status, identity, and belonging. The concept is of recent date, taken from American hip-hop culture. The phenomenon is, however, present through all times and cultures. The objects on display tell us about bling among people in the Middle Ages.