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Once upon a time the Thracians inhabited our lands. The Greek chronicler Herodotus claims that 'after the Indian, the Thracian people are the most numerous'. Millennia after, their ancient and mysterious culture was revealed in its true magnificence. The unearthed Thracian gold treasures conquered the modern world and enabled a great civilization to take its deserving place in the history of mankind.

The PANAGYURISHTE Treasure - found accidentially in 1949. Made of pure gold, weight of 6.164 kg. The amphora-rhyton, the four rhytons shaped like animal heads or fore-parts and decorated with mythological scenes, the three jugs-rhytons shaped like women's heads and the phiale decorated with a black head and acorns compose aceremonial set, possessed by a Thracian king, probably Sevt III. The de- signations on the phiale and two of the vessels connect its production with the name of the town of Lampasak on the Dardanelles.

On the edge of the mouth, profiled outwards, centaurs shooting by bows have stepped. They form the handles, developing into columns. The ovoid body is decorated by a relief figured frieze between bands of palmethas. Seven big men in hlamidas are presented. Some of them, on the tramped appeal, attack with machairs an ornamented ga- te, behind which an old man is peering. Others doing so- me guesswork. Under the handles, on the bottom, there are two heads of black people with opened mouths. There is a silen with a beard with a double barrelled flute offering a kantaros. On the other side is the Child Heracle with two snakes in his hands.

The ROGOZEN Treasure - in the Thracians' land numerous treasures were found. Some of them were put simply in the ground without any traces of a necropolis, a settlement or a sanctuary. The biggest and the richest treasure from that period found till now, the Rogozen Treasure, was a possession of the dynasty court of the Triballoi. It consists of 165 vessels collected by several gene- rations from the middle of V th C. till the middle of

The mouth's edge is curved outwards and profiled. They have a relief band decorated with ovouls or kima in the nesk's base. The handles are shaped in a different way, de- corated by helixes and pal- methas and by a wild boar's head in one of the cases. The common feature for this type is the decoration of the body. It consists of relief lotus blossoms with a point curved outwards, as if the vessels comes ot of a lotus flower. With some of the jugs this pattern was not considered and therefore was shaped conditionally.


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