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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.
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
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.