Rectangular openwork golden plaques with precious stones were sewn on the hemline and along the lower rim of ceremonial clothes of Russian tsars, tsarinas and tsarist children. Such plaques were brought to Moscow from Istanbul – the capital of the Ottoman Empire – and got into the royal treasury. The ornamentation representing big stylized pomegranate fruits, filled with rubies as seeds, is one of the most popular decorative motifs of jewellery, produced in Sultan’s court workshops in the 17th century.

Among the most popular methods of adorning such pieces were multicoloured and, in the main, transparent enamel, and the abundance of precious stones. The decoration richness of such plaques was fully in line with the aesthetic ideas of the Russian tsar's court of that time.


You may get acquainted with the souvenir products inspired by Turkish plaques in the Kremlin Museums shop.