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The Panagyurishte Treasure


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THE PANAGYURISHTE TREASURE  

The Panagyurishte treasure, rhyta, amphora, gold, 4th century BCThe Panagyurishte treasure was unearthed by accident in 1949, during clay digging near the town of Panagyurishte. It has been dated to the fourth century BC. The find consists of nine solid gold vessels, decorated with different zoomorphic and anthropomorphic figures, including seven rhyta, a rare amphora-rhyton and a phiale. The amphora-rhyton, the four rhyta shaped like animal heads/fore-parts and decorated with mythological scenes, the three jug rhyta shaped like women's heads, and the phiale decorated with representations of African men's heads and acorns are all pieces of a ceremonial tableware drinking set that belonged to a Thracian king (presumably Seuthes III), from the end of the 4th and the beginning of the 3rd centuries BC. The inscriptions on the phiale and on two of the vessels refer to the town of Lampsak on the Dardanelles as the place where they had been made.

The treasure is unique not only for its weight in gold - a total of 6.1 kg, but also for the originality of its shapes and ornamentation, as well as for its exquisite craftsmanship.

The Panagyurishte treasure combines the artistic tastes of the Greek world and the Orient. It blends Eastern forms with imagery of Greek origin.  The archaeological finding indicates the emergence of the Hellenistic style and demonstrates the significant role played in it by the Thracians.

The Panagyurishte treasure, gold, 4th century BC   

   

The Panagyurishte treasure, zoomorphic rhyton, gold, 4th century BC 

The Panagyurishte treasure, phiale, gold, 4th century BC

The Panagyurishte treasure, amphora, gold, 4th century BC

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The Loukovit Treasure

 

The Kralevo Treasure

 

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